Station has a platform to build for future

Some of those involved pictured at the station

Some of those involved pictured at the station

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Work has begun on improvements to Burntisland station, including ongoing issues surrounding access to the platforms.

Local MSP David Torrance recently attended a meeting with representatives from Burntisland Station Regeneration Group (RSGB), Railway Heritage Trust and Floral Action Burntisland (FAB) on platform two at the station to get an update on progress that has been made.

The meeting was the latest one of many that have taken place over the past six months to try and address issues surrounding access to platform two by different sectors of the community, including those with mobility issues, parents with buggies, the elderly and bike users .

The progress that has been made over the past few months with support from Mr Torrance, Scotrail, Railway Heritage Trust and Sustran should soon become apparent.

Phase one will be on platform one and should see the old waiting room turned into a hub of information for the coastal path, cycle network and Visit Scotland, while simultaneously providing a history of Burntisland’s role within the Fife railway.

Plans have also been made for a disabled toilet and new cycle lockers.

Phase two will be looking at access for all funding to provide step-free access to platform two through a new bridge with ramps.

Ben Barron, vice-chairman of BSRG, said: “We know that we are not alone in these issues, with a third of all Scotland’s railway stations not readily accessible, but our hope is that as a community group, BSRG can make Burntisland station inclusive for everyone.

“The support we have received from David Torrance and other groups has been invaluable.”

Speaking on the issue, Mr Torrance said: “I have been happy to provide my support in helping BSRG to try and bring their plans to fruition and will continue to do so in the future.

“It is encouraging to see groups such as this and FAB working together with other agencies to try and affect change which will not only enhance the environment, but will improve the facilities and extend services to the community.”