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Storm hit rail line reopens today

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By Fiona Reid
Storm hit rail line reopens today

LOCKERBIE Train Station has sprung back into life today.

Passengers travelling north from Lockerbie Station have been coach bound since Hogmanay when Storm Frank wreaked havoc at Lamington Viaduct, causing major transport disruption.

But today the trains heading north are back in action, ahead of schedule.

Originally, the viaduct looked set to reopen by February 1, but further damage was found and engineers warned it could be March before trains were running on the complete West Coast Mainline route again.

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell last week welcomed the news that the track will open ahead of schedule.

He said: “This is fantastic news for rail passengers at Lockerbie after having to suffer weeks of disruption.”

The MP added: “The situation has been far from ideal, but I fully understand that the repairs needed to be completed to ensure they are best protected against any potential storm damage in the future and ensure rail passengers are travelling on a safe route.

“It is a real credit to the engineers working at the Lamington Viaduct that the line will open ahead of schedule as well as those at Network Rail and I thank everyone involved.”

Lockerbie publican Ian McLatchie, of the Black Bull, is also thrilled the station is back in action.

He said: “I can’t wait to see Station Square busy again, it’s been too long but hopefully things will get back to normal now.”

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