Rail depot will bring new jobs to Midlothian

Monday March 7th 2016

Millerhill Railway Depot

Plans for a railway depot that will allowing the cleaning and stabling of trains are set to bring a number of new jobs to Midlothian following a decision by the Council’s Planning Department to approve the application.

The depot, which will be sited at the former Millerhill Marshalling Yards in Whitehill Road, Dalkeith, will consist of a new accommodation building, offices, train tracks, roads and a car park. Network Rail has not yet confirmed the number of staff that will be employed at the facility.

The proposed works are part of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Improvement Programme, which is a comprehensive package of improvements to Scotland’s railway infrastructure, including widespread electrification of the Scottish rail network.

The site has been in railway use for around 60 years, making it a well-established development in the landscape. In assessing the planning application the Committee concluded: “The site is an established industrial site and forms part of the Council’s economic land supply. Furthermore, the built form of the currently proposed development can be satisfactorily integrated into the landscape.”

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