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Cleghorn level crossing near Lanark'1/10/13
Cleghorn level crossing near Lanark'1/10/13

Can Lanark copy the Borders tourism boost with the reopening of a dormant rail track?

These services - up to eight a day at one time - last ran in the mid-Sixties before being axed on economic grounds.

Now a new campaign has been launched to persuade the Scottish Government, ScotRail and Network Rail that, in 2016, it would be well worth restoring the 35 mile direct link - and it could all be done at a small fraction of the £294m the Borders project cost.

A Facebook debate has been started by Lanark Community Council member Leslie Reid to gauge public support for the service’s restoration through re-building the short ‘spur’ that once took Lanark trains directly onto the West Coast mainline at Cleghorn for onward travel to Edinburgh.

What do you think? Would a rail link to Edinburgh help the Lanarkshire tourism industry? Let us know.

Read the full report in this week’s Gazette.