South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth is urging a rethink by infrastructure company Wabtec over their plans to close their Kilmarnock site, which employs 100 workers.

The local MSP described the news of the possible closure as “devastating” and has written to the Scottish Government Transport Secretary Michael Matheson urging the Government to intervene to help save jobs.

Colin Smyth said: “Closure would be devastating news for the workforce at a time the Ayrshire economy is being hit by the economic tsunami caused by coronavirus. Just last week staff at the site were told they were key workers in the fight against Covid-19, now their very livelihoods are at stake.

“I have urged the company to rethink their plans and will be raising the issue with Transport Secretary Michael Matheson to seek Government intervention to try to save these jobs. We are always being told investment is being made in our rail infrastructure.

“However, the reality is Scottish jobs are being lost in key sites such as this so these claims aren’t translating into employment. We need action to stop any job losses before it is too late.”

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