Cumbernauld Train Station to be part of half a million pound technology upgrade

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:22 BST on Thursday 5th July 2012.

Cumbernauld will be one of nineteen ScotRail train stations to benefit a new technological investment.

ScotRail, Scotland’s train operator has announced that they will soon be installing easy-to-read LED display screens at nineteen of its stations throughout this year.

Commenting, Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “The roll-out of LED display screens at 19 stations across Scotland is part of our continued efforts to make it easier for customers to access live travel information.”

The new, upgraded customer information screen will display live travel updates and will feature orange-on-black text, replacing conventional ‘tv-style’ cathode ray tube screens, which were often unreadable in sunny weather, as Robert Samson, Passenger Focus’s link manager for Scotland, says: “This investment will be of particular benefit to customers with limited eyesight for whom reading the old television set-style displays could be difficult, particularly in bright sunshine.”

The new LED screens have so far been installed at Barrhead, Broughty Ferry, Camelon, Croy, Dunfermline Town, Falkirk Grahamston, Falkirk High, Kirkcaldy, Leuchars, Linlithgow, Musselburgh, Polmont, Rutherglen and West Calder.

Now though Cumbernauld, Dunblane, Glasgow Central Low Level, Lanark, and Mount Florida will also receive LED screens, with their introduction schedules for later this year.

More than £400,000 is being invested in the screens – with funding from ScotRail, Network Rail and Transport Scotland’s Access for All Small Schemes programme. Tactran has supported the Broughty Ferry improvements.

Adding to Steve and Robert’s comments, Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Providing passengers with live travel information is a key element of the efficient, passenger-focused railway that this Government is striving for, so I welcome the news that so many local stations are being fitted with these screens.

“I am particularly pleased to see modern technology being used to help passengers with impaired vision, as improving access to stations and passenger services for people with disabilities is a top priority.”