New stations in Scotland could be opened and many more upgraded under a new £30 million scheme announced by the Scottish Government.
The cash will go towards improving facilities at existing stations and will also fund the creation of new stations around the country.
Scottish ministers, local councils and regional transport bodies are contributing to the newly established Scottish Stations Investment Fund.
The funding was announced by Transport Minister Keith Brown on a visit to Alloa railway station which opened four years ago and has seen passenger numbers rise to around 400,000 per year.
Says Mr Brown, ‘New and better stations are a major part of attracting more people onto our rail services and providing sustainable, integrated and cost-effective alternatives to the private car, as well as supporting jobs in the construction sector.’