AYR MSP WELCOMES NEWS THAT TROON TRAIN STATION WILL BE RESTORED SYMPATHETICALLY
Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown is welcoming the news that Troon train station will be restored sympathetically, after a fire on Saturday 17 July damaged canopies, overhead cables and buildings.
The MSP, who represents Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, met with Transport Minister Graeme Dey at the travel hub on 20 August, as they were briefed by Network Rail on the progress of the work being done.
Network Rail briefed Mr Dey and Ms Brown on plans for the station going forward. Three designs look set to be put forward and once finalised, locals in Troon will have their say on which design they prefer.
Reassurances were made that the outside of the station will look as it was with canopies restored, to modern building standards. The inside of the station will have a more contemporary feel with modernised facilities.
Commenting, Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown said:
“I welcome the news, and I am sure the people of Troon do too, that the railway station will be restored sympathetically in a like-for-like-fashion. Naturally we must take modern building standards into consideration, as those have changed considerably since the station was opened in 1892.
“It is fortunate one of the glass canopies was undamaged which means there is a carbon copy for those undertaking the restoration. I am confident the public will choose a design which fits the town and I would urge everyone to get involved in the public consultation when it is launched.
“This fire, on one of the hottest days of the year, was devastating and I am thankful no-one was hurt. I am very grateful to the emergency services who attended that day and to Network Rail who have worked tirelessly to get the station up and running.”
Investigations into the fire are ongoing.