Wemyss Bay marks heritage award win

A new plaque has been unveiled at Wemyss Bay to mark the station winning a top rail industry award.

The iconic, A-listed Inverclyde station was named best entry at the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards.

The award was won for a two-year, £5m renovation of the Edwardian station by owners Network Rail.

Begun in 2014 and completed in 2016 the repair programme has restored the station’s canopies and glazed roof, repainted and improved the station buildings and repaired the seawall.

The station remained in operation during the work with special scaffolding being installed to allow trains to run while engineers worked above the platforms.

 

The plaque was unveiled by Donald Stevenson, senior programme manager for Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, National Railway Heritage Awards trustee Andy Savage and ScotRail contracts manager Jacqueline Rae.

Network Rail’s Donald Stevenson said: “No visitor could ever get bored of marvelling at this wonderful station and its architecture.

“It’s a fantastic legacy for today’s modern railway to have inherited from the Edwardian builders and we are delighted to have been able to restore Wemyss Bay to its original glory.

“Our engineers and contractors had a difficult job to refurbish the station while keeping trains running – and combatting the worst of Scotland’s weather – and this award is a fitting tribute to their dedication and skill.”