The beautifully restored Wemyss Bay station looked superb in blue as it was illuminated in NHS colours to salute the dedication and efforts of healthcare workers in the battle against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wemyss Bay station is the latest Network Rail structure to be chosen for the blue-light treatment as a tribute to NHS staff for their incredible work as part of the nation’s ‘Clap for the NHS’ at 8pm on Thursday..
Located on Scotland’s west coast, Wemyss Bay offers panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde, which ensured this tribute to NHS staff and key workers was visible locally and across to the southern islands of Argyle & Bute.
The £5 million two-year refurbishment of Wemyss Bay station, which saw the canopies and glazed roof upgraded, repairs to the sea wall and improvements to the station buildings, was completed in 2016. It was voted best project in the National Rail Heritage Awards in 2017. The iconic A-listed structure now features highly in lists of the UK’s favourite stations and also provided the back-drop for Vodafone’s 2017 Christmas advertising campaign starring Martin Freeman.
Alex Hynes, managing director at Scotland’s Railway, said: “We are delighted to illuminate what many consider to be one of Scotland’s most iconic stations as a symbol of public support for the vital and fantastic work of NHS staff who are tackling the coronavirus.
“We continue to be humbled on a daily basis by the incredible dedication shown by staff in the NHS and we are grateful to all key workers across the country, including our railway family, who are playing a massive role in supporting the country at this time.”
The lighting of Wemyss Bay station, from just before 8pm until 11pm on Thursday 21 May 2020, was undertaken by the Stage Group.