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Scotland's first rail chaplains office opens at Paisley Gilmour Street

Rail chaplains office at Paisley Gilmour Street Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Ruth McBean and Heather Collins at the rail chaplains office at Paisley Gilmour Street

The first Rail Chaplains office in Scotland has opened at Paisley Gilmour Street station in Renfrewshire.

The chaplaincy service is operated by The Railway Mission - a Christian charity which helps rail users.

The service will now be based out of the office between platforms 2 and 3 at Paisley Gilmour Street - Scotland's fourth busiest station.

ScotRail, which provided the office space, said it would help support staff when a tragic incident occurs.

Passengers are also welcome to use the service.

'Welcoming place'

Ruth McBean, chaplain for the West of Scotland, said: "It's wonderful to have a permanent base as I usually work from home and consider Starbucks as my office.

"The office at Paisley Gilmour Street is accessible and it's a welcoming place where people can come and feel comfortable and relaxed."

Heather Collins, ScotRail's station manager for Ayr, Inverclyde and Dumfries, added: "It's really nice for us to be able to give something back to the Railway Mission for all the support over the years and it's a comfort knowing that the Chaplains are here.

"The office was vacant and we are more than happy that it will be used to complement what the company already offers and will help us support our staff when a tragic incident occurs."

The Railway Mission was set up more than 100 years ago, and offers support to anyone connected with the nation's railways.

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