Snow solution for station staff
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SNOW SOLUTION: Douglas McLeod and Peter Smillie, ScotRail station staff, exhibiting their new snow-clearing equipment at Bathgate station
STAFF at Dumbarton Central received a hand-held snowplough and an extra-large shovel this week to help keep their station free from snow and ice over the winter months.
Hugh McGinley, station team manager, said the lightweight, wheeled snowplough would make it easier for his staff to clear platforms and walkways.
Mr McGinley, from Clydebank, said: "If the weather is as extreme as last year, we know there will be some disruption to train services. However, we're constantly striving to improve for our staff and customers.
"The purpose-built equipment, such as the hand-held snowplough, will mean that our staff at Dumbarton Central are better equipped if faced with similar, prolonged extreme conditions this year."
Mr McGinley, who has worked for ScotRail for 38 years, said his staff are hoping for a milder winter. But he stressed they were ready to work hard on behalf of their customers at the station.
In addition to the hand-held snowplough, ScotRail has delivered a redesigned snow shovel to the station. It is more robust, with a metal-edged scoop, and will be used to spread grit and shift greater volumes of snow.
Dumbarton Central is among 138 staffed ScotRail stations across Scotland receiving the new equipment.
ScotRail has also planned for overnight CCTV monitoring so that staff can prioritise the stations worst affected by winter weather.
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