There are no plans to upgrade Ardrossan Harbour in the near future according to an answer to a parliamentary question lodged by Jamie Greene MSP.
The reply from Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP said that any improvements would take place within the Masterplan projects however, there were no plans to press ahead at this time.
Upgrading the station is seen by Jamie, who is Shadow Transport Minister, as a priority in order to better facilitate connectivity between the new rail hub and the railway station.
He said a clear vision and action is required from the SNP Government to future-proof transportation between Ardrossan and Arran which is currently undergoing significant difficulties owing to delays and disruptions with the ferry route.
Jamie Greene MSP commented:
“It is disappointing that the Scottish Government currently has no plans to upgrade the Ardrossan Harbour railway station. It has been clear for a while that upgrades are necessary to ensure that transportation between Ardrossan and Arran is enhanced.
“Indeed, we should be looking at improving access between the station and ferry hub as well as between the Ardrossan Town and South Beach stations. Stronger connectivity coupled with more reliable ferries will facilitate better growth and job creation not just in Ardrossan, but across the whole of North Ayrshire.
“A strong vision is vital if we are to get this right. I’ll be pushing Transport Secretary to bring forward proposals to ensure that Ardrossan’s transport sector is future-proofed for generations to come.