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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 05:36 GMT 06:36 UK
Commuter train plan for main line
Train at station
The plan is to create stations on the west coast line
A plan has been unveiled to increase rail traffic on the West Coast Main Line in Scotland by introducing more commuter trains and re-opening local stations.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive (SPT) have formed a plan for commuter trains to run on the line which is mainly used by inter-city express trains between Glasgow and Carlisle.

They are asking the Scottish Executive for cash to fund a feasibility study into the scheme.

The West Coast Main Line is the spine of the UK rail network, linking Glasgow with London.

Little practical benefit

However, people living near the track but away from the main stops derive little practical benefit from it.

Commuter trains run in the Glasgow area but further south rail options are limited.

The 48 miles of track between Carstairs in South Lanarkshire and Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway is the longest in the country without a station.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and SPT have put together plans to re-open various defunct stations including Beattock near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and Symington near Biggar in South Lanarkshire.

They are asking the executive for 100,000 for a feasibility study.

The long-term hope is to augment the inter-city services with regular stopping trains between Carlisle and both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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"It is being viewed as a test of the executive's commitment to getting people onto public transport."
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