The Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald, was a passenger on the first train to depart the newly renovated Bridge of Dun Station.
Mrs Oswald performed the opening ceremony on Tuesday for the Caledonian Railway, under the auspices of Business Doors Open Day.
This is organised by Angus Council’s economic development unit. Tourism businesses are invited to view each other’s premises for inspiration and to share best practice.
The Provost travelled from Brechin to Bridge of Dun, where she officially re-opened the platform, which has had a refurbishment funded by Angus Council’s Survive and Thrive Heritage Fund.
Tommy Henderson, project co-ordinator for the Caledonian Railway, described the station as being ‘fit for a Queen’, a reference to the station’s past when it was a frequent stopping point for the Royal train taking Queen Victoria and the Royal Family to Balmoral.
The station has many original features, including the trees planted to shield the Queen’s train during overnight stops. The work to the platform is part of wider improvements planned for the station, including the construction of new station buildings and visitor facilities.
The Provost said she was delighted that the Caledonian Railway continued to flourish: “The railway is a wonderful and unique heritage attraction in Angus that delights hundreds and hundreds of visitors every year. This latest investment is another enhancement of the facilities and it’s good that other tourism related businesses have the chance through Business Doors Open day to see first-hand what’s on offer and how they as businesses might work together to make the Angus visitor experience even better.”
For more information on the Business Doors Open Day contact Millie Clarke on 01307 473262 or ClarkeM@angus.gov.uk
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