Minister orders study
Electrification ‘could save’ threatened St Rollox rail works
St Rollox: threatened with closure
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is to consider electrifying the track into the threatened St Rollox rail yard in Glasgow.
Mr Matheson is to commission a study to establish the design requirements and costs involved in the project with the aim of saving the historic works which owner Gemini wants to close with the loss of 200 jobs.
The company says Springburn is making “unsustainable losses” and will continue to suffer a major decline in work due to its location and the section of the market it serves.
Following a meeting at the Springburn works today, constituency MSP Bob Doris said: “I am very pleased the Scottish Government is actively considering my suggestion that electrification can lower business costs and diversify the kind of work that could be undertaken at St Rollox.
“I was also encouraged to hear that there has been some interest in the site – though I understand development of a sustainable business model will take time.
“With this in mind, I would like to reaffirm my call for the current owner, Gemini, to extend the 45 day consultation on redundancies.
“The Managing Director of Gemini has promised to consider this request, but the clock is ticking.”