Inverurie station cafe on shortlist for leading awards

ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.
ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.

Inverurie station’s first cafe, which opened in May last year, has been short-listed for a prestigious UK award.

The station had been without a cafe until George and Jennie Lawson converted the former Lord Kintore’s Waiting Room – with assistance from ScotRail, the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund.

They named their business The Coco Works, referencing Inverurie’s historic Loco Works, which closed in 1968.

It offers a wide range of meals and snacks, hot and cold refreshments to ScotRail customers and other passers-by.

George said: “We saw an opportunity for a new business that would enable Jennie and I to work together.

“It’s been a great experience, and we have been glad that opening the café has also led to the restoration of original Edwardian panelling at this historic station.”

John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see the Lawsons receiving national recognition for their café, which is much-loved by customers using Inverurie station.”

Winners of the ninth annual Community Rail Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Llandudno, Wales, on September 27.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships is a federation of more than 60 UK community rail partnerships and rail promotion groups.