MONTROSE is set to have the first staffed railway station in Scotland to create its own wind-generated electricity.
Rail operator ScotRail is installing a £75,000 wind turbine at the station in the spring to help power the building’s heating, lighting and information signs.
The 5kW turbine, sited near the station car park, will be just over 30 feet tall with a blade radius of just over eight feet and is expected to create up to 9,000kWh of energy every year.
Planning permission for the project has already been granted by Angus Council and it has also received landlord’s consent
The turbine will be only the second to be erected on the Scottish rail network. The other is at the remote, unstaffed Corrour station, on Rannoch Moor in the West Highlands.
Stewart Cahill, ScotRail’s environmental compliance manager, said: “This is an exciting and innovative project as part of ScotRail’s ongoing efforts to further enhance its environmental performance.
“By introducing a wind turbine at Montrose, ScotRail is reducing carbon emissions without impacting on the quality service we offer our customers.”
The project has been made possible with support from Transport Scotland and transport minister Keith Brown has given the project a ringing endorsement
He said: “I am encouraged that ScotRail is making a positive contribution to carbon emissions reduction in Scotland and look forward to further similar projects to improve the environmental performance of Scotland’s railway.”
It will be the second environmental project to carried out at Montrose station during the last 12 months.
ScotRail worked with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the High Street Regeneration Group last summer to install bird’s eye viewers at the station, allowing customers to view and appreciate the Basin’s bird population including pink-footed geese and red knot.