Dundee’s new railway station entrance has finally opened, providing a new gateway into the city.
After months of delays, Minister for Public Health and Sport Joe FitzPatrick was joined by Lord Provost Ian Borthwick, city development convenor Lynne Short and contractors and council representatives to declare the £38m terminal open.
It represents a watershed moment for Dundee’s £1 billion Waterfront regeneration scheme, which has seen older buildings demolished and roads rearranged with the aim of encouraging new investment in the city.
Mr FitzPatrick said: “The revitalised Dundee Station creates a gateway to the city and is an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with the public and private sector to deliver wider regeneration goals.
“It is also delivering additional benefits through significantly increased cycle facilities, providing cycling capability to all parts of the Waterfront development.”
Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: “This building is concrete evidence of the new Dundee.
“The opening of the new railway station is a move towards creating a strong and sustainable city economy that will raise the quality of life and improve the environment.
“It is a great building that will present our best face to first time and repeat visitors.”
Councillor Short added: “The origin of the project goes back some 18 years and it is testament to the public partners’ tenacity and the council’s leadership that it has been delivered at all and in time for the opening of V&A Dundee.”
Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance managing director, said: “The city is undergoing a major transformation, and I am proud that the station is at the heart of that investment.”
Passengers were also impressed with the new look station.
Jimmy Duggan, 58, originally from Lochee, said: “I travel up from London four times a year but this is the first time I’ve seen the new station and it looks great.
“In all my years of travelling, Dundee Station has always been something I never took any notice of — but it looks very grand now.”
Bob Condie, 56, said: “I’m very impressed. I travel to Montrose every day and the station looks very much worth the wait.
“The old one was getting a bit dilapidated and this bright new station really brings Dundee into the 21st Century.”