Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson seeks assurances over future rail services in Stranraer


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the SNP Transport Secretary to outline how future train services in Stranraer will be supported.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after comments on potential electrification were made by Scotrail Managing Director Alex Hynes as he gave evidence at the Scottish Parliament.

Discussing train services in the south-west, Mr Hynes said that electrification would be something that would have to be looked at following the Scottish Government’s commitment to decarbonisation of rail services by 2035.

Currently, the trains running south to Stranraer are powered by diesel.

Following services being cancelled last year for a number of months, Mr Carson has sought assurances that electrification won’t have a detrimental impact on rail services.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “We all want to do our bit to tackle climate change and decarbonising our railways is certainly a positive measure to doing so.

“The trains south to Stranraer are absolutely vital for the south-west region and Alex Hynes’s comments about electrifying the line are welcome and should be considered further.

“However, that cannot come at the detriment of services on the line; infact we should be looking to boost services in terms of frequency.

“That is why I have sought assurances from the SNP Transport Secretary and Alex Hynes that the line from Stranraer will continue to be protected and enhanced.”