MP and MSP step up Wi-Fi battle

PRESSURE is growing to bring the region's only West Coast main line train stop fully into the internet age.

 

MINDELL - LOCKERBIE STATION

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell and constituency MSP Oliver Mundell are both campaigning to have Wi-Fi installed at Lockerbie Station.

The local parliamentarians are lobbying rail chiefs and train operators on behalf of constituents who cannot connect online whilst waiting for trains.

 

 

David Mundell said: "After all the train and timetable issues experienced at Lockerbie since last year, the least that should be done is for all the organisations involved with the station to get together and plug this glaring gap.

"Passenger numbers have been growing at Lockerbie for years and yet it remains one of only a few main line stations without what is a facility expected by most passengers in 2020."

 

Mr Mundell has raised the issue during a video meeting with ScotRail, which manages the station, but they admitted they had no current plans to install Wi-Fi at Lockerbie.

 

In a written response, the company's Paul McKay, said: "Existing locations where there is customer Wi-Fi were decided jointly with Transport Scotland based on factors including footfall and occurrence of major events."

He also pointed out that Scotrail did not operate any direct train services to and from Lockerbie.

The MP has now written to Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government transport agency, asking them to help facilitate Wi-Fi at the station, which is owned by the infrastructure body Network Rail.

 

Meanwhile, the issue is set to be raised as a Parliamentary Question at Holyrood by MSP Oliver Mundell.

He said: "Lockerbie is being accessed by passengers from much of the region to join faster city and other services.

"Stations such as Dumfries have Wi-Fi but, it seems, like with other improvements, Lockerbie Station users have to campaign long and hard to secure them."

PRESSURE is growing to bring the region's only West Coast main line train stop fully into the internet age.

 

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell and constituency MSP Oliver Mundell are both campaigning to have Wi-Fi installed at Lockerbie Station.

 

The local parliamentarians are lobbying rail chiefs and train operators on behalf of constituents who cannot connect online whilst waiting for trains.

 

David Mundell said: "After all the train and timetable issues experienced at Lockerbie since last year, the least that should be done is for all the organisations involved with the station to get together and plug this glaring gap.

 

"Passenger numbers have been growing at Lockerbie for years and yet it remains one of only a few main line stations without what is a facility expected by most passengers in 2020."

 

Mr Mundell has raised the issue during a video meeting with ScotRail, which manages the station, but they admitted they had no current plans to install Wi-Fi at Lockerbie.

 

In a written response, the company's Paul McKay, said: "Existing locations where there is customer Wi-Fi were decided jointly with Transport Scotland based on factors including footfall and occurrence of major events."

 

He also pointed out that Scotrail did not operate any direct train services to and from Lockerbie.

 

The MP has now written to Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government transport agency, asking them to help facilitate Wi-Fi at the station, which is owned by the infrastructure body Network Rail.

 

Meanwhile, the issue is set to be raised as a Parliamentary Question at Holyrood by MSP Oliver Mundell.

 

He said: "Lockerbie is being accessed by passengers from much of the region to join faster city and other services.

 

"Stations such as Dumfries have Wi-Fi but, it seems, like with other improvements, Lockerbie Station users have to campaign long and hard to secure them."