Plans to refurbish several train stations across Tayside – including improvements to waiting rooms and toilets – have been announced by ScotRail.
The firm is seeking bidders to take on the work of enhancing 11 stations, including Broughty Ferry, Monifeth, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Montrose.
According to ScotRail’s expression of interest notice, work will vary from station to station but will include installing new waiting rooms, shelters and airport-style ‘zoeftig’ seating.
Other stations will have their waiting rooms refurbished, with new furniture and improved toilet facilities.
New single and double-deck cycle racks will also be installed, while ducting and bases for new electrical equipment such as CCTV and ticket machines will also be required.
The successful bidder is expected to complete the work by January 2019.
The other six stations in the project brief are Gleneagles, Invergowrie, Laurencekirk, Portlethen, Stonehaven and Inverurie.
Last month the ScotRail Alliance – a working partnership between Scotrail and Network Rail Scotland Route – opened Dundee’s new £38m five-storey railway station, complete with Sleeperz Hotel and retail units.
Broughty Ferry station has also recently undergone some improvement works, carried out by Network Rail, where a section of the platform was raised to accommodate modern trains and lessen the gap between the platform and train for wheelchair users.
A ScotRail spokeswoman said: “The investment we are making – the recently completed upgrade of Dundee station, the InterCity trains connecting Scotland’s seven cities, and the coming improvements – demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve.
“We are building the best railway that Scotland has ever had – and that applies to all of Scotland.”