PLANS have been lodged to extend the Garelochhead railway station platform to allow longer trains to call.

Argyll and Bute Council planning officers are considering an application by Network Rail for listed building consent for the proposed work.

Similar plans are in the offing for the other West Highland line stations in the area - Helensburgh Upper, Arrochar and Tarbet and Ardlui - as well as Bridge of Orchy, Tulloch and Roy Bridge further north.

The move comes after ScotRail introduced additional 'Highland Explorer' carriages on some West Highland line services in 2021, adapted to provide additional space to carry bikes.

The platform extension plans would allow those modified carriages to be added to more services on the routes linking Glasgow with Oban, Fort William and Mallaig.

New barriers, gates, handrails and steps all form part of the Garelochhead plans, which are now available for viewing by the public, although there is not currently a design and access statement available.

Comments can also now be submitted to planning officers, who are expected to make a decision on the proposal by the middle of March.

To view the plans for Garelochhead station, visit the council’s online planning portal at and use the reference number 23/01873/LIB.