THE FACADE of Arbroath railway station is one of the first things that visitors to the town see, but it has been allowed to fall into disrepair and does not give a very good first impression.
On the outside of the building the station name no longer reads ‘Arbroath’ but ‘Ar oath’ which to the unenlightened tourist might momentarily pass for the original Pictish spelling, but not to the hundreds of Arbroathians who use the facility every day.
Councillor David Fairweather said that the sign had been an issue he had been aware of for some time.
He continued: “It’s one of those problems that has been left for so long that nothing seems to get done about it.
“However, I understand that ScotRail are planning on doing something about it shortly, which is good.
“It’s typical of big companies that they take such a long time to make repairs and have to be cajoled into doing something.”
He likened the situation with the sign to the problems that had so recently been raised in the Herald regarding the state of the waste ground at Robert Street which also belongs to the railway company.
A spokesperson for ScotRail said that they were aware of the issue regarding the sign and stated: “Repairs to the station sign at Arbroath will be carried out within two weeks.”
The spokesperson also mentioned that Arbroath was a leading light in their ‘Adopt a station’ scheme.
It encourages communities to get involved with the decoration of the station, and in the case of Arbroath there has been a strong response.
Local primary school pupils have supplied artwork of the town and a host of planters on the platform contain flowers and shrubs maintained by students at Angus College.
The Abbey Timethemes historical performance troupe also store their costumes and equipment on station premises and they were involved in the unveiling of the large painting by Charles Anderson depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The station building itself was opened in 1911, and this was marked in April with a performance by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes.