Breich Station reprieved after outcry

Closure-threatened Breich Station, which has fewer than three passengers a week, has been reprieved after a public outcry.

Breich Station has only two trains a day. picture: Wikipedia
Breich Station has only two trains a day. picture: Wikipedia

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has also ordered more trains to call at the West Lothian stop to add to the current one train in each direction a day.

Network Rail launched a consultation into its closure in the summer because of the high cost of upgrading work as part of electrifying the secondary Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Shotts.

The rail body said replacement of a footbridge, platforms, waiting shelters and CCTV would cost £1.4 million.

It would have been the first closure of a Scottish station for 31 years - after Balloch Pier in 1986.

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Breich served just 138 passengers in 2015-16 - an average of 2.6 passengers a week.

The nearest stations are Addiewell, two miles to the east, and Fauldhouse, nearly three miles to the west.

Mr Yousaf said: “The overwhelming response to the consultation was in favour of keeping Breich Station open.

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"Not only that, many respondents wished to see more services calling at Breich Station to increase patronage.

“Having taken on board the strong support for Breich Station, I have made the decision it should remain open.

My officials are working with the ScotRail Alliance to see how we can increase calls at Breich to make it a more viable station which encourages greater use of rail.”