It’s been a busy couple of months up at Scotland’s Wemyss Bay Station. The Friends of Wemyss Bay Station give us a report in their new year activity.
The Bookshop re-opened on 4 February after the annual deep-clean. The CCTV system has been renewed, giving much better pictures than previously. This enables all three rooms to be supervised from the main desk. As before, the bookshop is open from 09:30 to 16:30, Mondays to Saturdays. Donations of books are always welcome.
More Passengers at Wemyss Bay
The Office of Rail and Road has issued its annual estimate of passenger numbers at each national rail station, showing a welcome increase in traffic at Wemyss Bay. The estimate for the year to 31 March 2018 is 213,748 passenger journeys (arrivals and departures), up from 201,228 the previous year. However, this is slightly fewer than the peak year of 216,030 in 2014/15. There was a drop to 166,472 in 2015/16, because the ferry was diverted to Gourock for half the year, but numbers have been increasing since then. Elsewhere on the branch, use of Inverkip station has almost doubled over the last ten years, largely because of the many new houses built there.
The Friends were invited to take part in two recent consultations, which Greg Beecroft attended. Network Rail’s Railway for Everyone project is intended to identify and help overcome obstacles to use of rail. This particularly focuses on problems faced by people with disabilities, but measures to help them are likely to be of benefit to everyone. A wide range of people and organisations attended a workshop hosted by Network Rail in Glasgow, to identify issues that need to be addressed. These included availability of information, problems in buying tickets, the reliability of the service and what happens when things go wrong. Issues particularly relevant to Wemyss Bay included making connections if the train or ferry is delayed and provision of lavatories in working order on trains. The session provided a useful reminder that not all disabilities are visible. Somebody suffering from mental illness may find a train journey particularly stressful, even if everything goes to plan.