Funding worth over £168,000 has been announced by Scotland’s transport minister Stewart Stevenson to improve stations.
Stevenson made the announcement while revealing details of successful applications to the Station Community Regeneration Fund - a £1M pot of money to help create new businesses and premises for local projects.
Five projects across the Scottish rail network have successfully secured funding from the scheme including a heritage centre at Cupar and a charity shop at Kilmarnock.
“The Stations Community Regeneration Fund is an excellent example of how communities are benefitting from the ScotRail Franchise,” said Stevenson..
“By re-investing in the station environment and bringing redundant buildings back to life, we are opening up new employment opportunities while communities benefit through the creation of new local facilities.
“These five projects are ideal examples of the type of investment we can offer as we re-open the scheme to the next round of applications.”
“We welcome these successful applications which open up new possibilities across Scotland and underpin our commitment to put stations at the heart of communities,” said ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery.
Funding is available from Transport Scotland to contribute towards the costs of structural repairs and to match fund up to 50% of the costs of fitting out station premises for their intended use.
The next round of applications is expected to close in October.