Breich station: proposed closure – public consultation

Network Rail takes pride in the role it has played in growing Scotland’s railway in recent years.

Where there is proof of demand, such as in Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire and along the Borders Railway route, we have supported the opening of new stations and the reopening of old ones.

As a responsible steward of the railway and a publicly run organisation, it is also Network Rail’s responsibility to ensure that we also consider value for money in relation to the operation of station and rail services.

With public finances in mind, we are currently taking forward a public consultation into the future of Breich station.

November 2017 update: Following the consultation, the Scottish Government has announced its’ decision to keep Breich Station open.  View the Scottish Government’s full statement.

Station summary

Breich station, in West Lothian, lies on the Shotts line. It is currently served by one train service per day in each direction, six days a week. It is an unmanned station with no park and ride facilities. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) official patronage figure for the station in 2015-16 was 138 passengers, an average of 2.6 passengers per week.

The village of Breich is located between Addiewell to the east and Fauldhouse to the west. Both towns are served by railway stations. Addiewell station is 2 miles from Breich while Fauldhouse station is 2.9 miles away. Breich is also served by two bus services operated by BlueBus Ltd – service numbers 71 and 77.

There are no significant housing developments anticipated in the Breich area in the near future, suggesting that demand for public transport is unlikely to increase dramatically.

Location of Breich station

Breich station

The Shotts route is currently being fully electrified and brought up to modern standards. In order to bring Breich Station up to the standard of other stations along the route, Network Rail estimates that an investment of around £1.4m is required.

Our proposal

Network Rail’s view is that this major investment in Breich station does not present an appropriate nor responsible use of resources. Our conclusion is that closure of the station is the best option and we are seeking views from the public and stakeholders. Residents of Breich will be consulted directly via letter and through public drop-in events.

Public consultation

A consultation document has been produced to help fully explain Network Rail’s rationale for seeking closure of Breich station. We have also considered the various options for the station, outlined in an options appraisal document. Both documents can be downloaded from the supporting documents list below.

As part of the consultation, Network Rail will write to local elected representatives and other stakeholders and interest groups. We will also encourage the residents of Breich to share their views through letters, posters and at a local drop-in event.

The consultation period will last for 12 weeks starting on Monday 10 July 2017. On completion, a final report will be produced by Network Rail. The ORR will confirm that the consultation complies with its guidance before the final decision on closure is made by Transport Scotland.

Have Your Say

Public drop-in meetings will take place as follows:

Wednesday 28 June3.30pm to 7pmWoodmuir Primary School, Breich, EH55 8JP
Wednesday 30 August3.30pm to 7pmWoodmuir Primary School, Breich, EH55 8JP

Please view the consultation document above to understand the rationale for proposing closure.

The consultation document will also be made available at the following libraries:

  • West Calder Library, EH55 8DR
  • Whitburn Library, EH47 0AR
  • Blackburn Library, EH47 7LG
  • Fauldhouse Library, EH47 9JB

Alternatively, printed copies can be obtained by emailing or by writing to Breich Station Consultation, Community Relations, Network Rail, 151-153 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5NW