Railway upgrade is on track

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One of Arbroath’s much loved tourist attractions is set to be extended after being granted planning permission by Angus Council.

Kerr’s Miniature Railway at the West Links has been given the go ahead to lay an extra 250 metres of track between the existing facility and the slipway to the east.

It will also see the creation of a new station and ticket booth for the facility.

In a report to the development standards committee, head of planning Vivien Smith explained: “The proposal involves the laying of around 250 linear metres of additional track between the current extent of the existing miniature railway and the slipway to the east. The track would be contained by a fence and a platform and ticket booth would be formed at the eastern extent of the site.

“A level crossing would be formed over the tarmac track that links the existing pedestrian underpass between Dundee Road and West Links with the foreshore.”

The West Links has undergone a transformation in recent years with £500,000 spent on upgrading the play area and planning permission was recently granted for a new skatepark.

And Kerr’s Miniature Railway has been running at the West Links since 1935 and is currently run by Jill Kerr and son John.

The report added: “The extension of the existing tourist attraction would

represent an improvement to the attraction itself and also the interface between the existing attractions to the east and the railway that has become a little disjointed from the other recreational facilities following the recent relocation of the children’s play park.”