ScotRail stations up for top award
Three ScotRail stations have been nominated amongst the best stations in Britain.
ScotRail has announced that Aberdour, North Berwick and Port Glasgow station have been shortlisted in the ‘Station of the Year’ category of the National Rail Awards 2018.
The stations will be judged against set criteria, including safety, infrastructure and customer-friendly presentation.
Last year, a new community heritage centre opened at Aberdour station. The centre is run by volunteers from the Aberdour Heritage Centre and Station Gardens group and provides visitors with more information about Aberdour and local attractions.
Aberdour signal box, located on the platform at Aberdour station, was also restored and converted into a studio for local artist Lynette Gray in 2017.
North Berwick station was reduced to a single platform in the 1960s and lost its traditional buildings in 1984.
However, it remains a pleasant and welcoming seaside terminus, thanks to the award-winning efforts of station adopters North Berwick in Bloom and to the work of station newsagent Craig McLaren who has produced a guide to the attractions of the town.
Port Glasgow station boasts a stunning 14-panel mural celebrating the town’s history and people.
Local children from St John's Primary School, members of the Port Glasgow Community Council and members from the Old Men's Club worked with artists Karen Patton Orr and Jim Strachan from RIG Arts to research and develop the mural, capturing the spirit of the town, past and present.
At the back of Platform 2 sits the 175-year-old ‘Hood’s Well’. The well was installed in 1843 at the request of the retiring station master, James Hood, and was fully restored by ScotRail in 2015.
The National Rail Awards will be held on Thursday 13 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
James Ledgerwood, ScotRail’s Head of Economic & Community Development, said:
“We’re thrilled to see three of our stations shortlisted for this prestigious award.
“Making our stations a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train is a key part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”