WIGTOWNSHIRE was being promoted at one of the largest shows held in Glasgow last week when for the fifth year running SAYLSA, the local Community Rail Partnership, once again promoted the scenic 60 mile rail link to Stranraer at the annual Model Rail Exhibition hosted at the SECC.
The Exhibition, which runs for three days attracts thousands of visitors and is a great opportunity to showcase the area to people who enjoy railways.
Michael Liebisch SAYLSA’s Membership and Stakeholder Secretary said “We had a lot of interest from people who haven’t visited the area who are keen to ensure the rail link does not disappear and our popular cycle, walk and line guides were in heavy demand”.
“Many commented that it was strange that given the environmental, time and cost benefits rail brings, an arrangement to bus people to and from the new ferry port seemed contrary to Government policy, however they were heartened that opportunities may arise for re-opening some closed stations”.
Representatives from SAYLSA recently attended the Scottish Government’s conference on Community Rail, which emphasised the desire for community driven organisations to become designated Scottish Community Rail Partnerships (SCRP’s). SAYLSA have held many discussions and meetings with local stakeholders and have already submitted their application to become one of the first designated SCRP’s in Scotland to the two Regional Transport Partnerships.