Both the Scottish and UK Governments have been urged to act in order to save the St Rollox “Caley” rail works in Glasgow from closure.

Glasgow MP Paul Sweeney and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard have both made pleas to save the historic site just days before its proposed closure.

Mr Leonard described the Springburn depot as a “national asset” and warned there is no time to waste if an intervention is to be made.

Workers at the depot were told in December that their jobs were at risk, with owners Gemini Rail Services confirming in March that they intended to close it.

On Friday, the last train from the current schedule of works is set to leave.

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Speaking as his party, in collaboration with Unite the Union, launches a series of campaign videos in an attempt to save the depot, Mr Leonard said: “There are only a few days left to save the future of railway engineering in Scotland - there is no time to waste.

“The Caley rail works is a national asset and the SNP government should be prepared to step in and take it into public ownership to secure its future.

“It’s unforgivable for Nicola Sturgeon and the government she leads to sit in silence as the depot is set to close.

“The workers, their unions and the wider Labour movement must be heard and we will use our voice to demand the Caley remains open.

“There is still time to save it and the SNP government should act immediately to do so.”

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Mr Sweeney spoke in Westminster challenged outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May to " instruct the government to do everything they can" to find a way to save the remaining staff.

Mrs May said she recognised the MP's concerns, but gave no commitment to helping those affected.

The depot, which was opened 163 years ago, currently carries out service, maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades on trains for ScotRail.

It is anticipated that the repair and maintenance of Scotland’s rail stock will be carried out in England once the depot is closed.

Pat Rafferty, of Unite, said campaigners had not given up the fight to secure the future of the depot.

He said: “The Rally Roon the Caley campaign has been an extraordinary example of a group of skilled and determined workers coming together to fight for their jobs, and jobs for future generations.

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“Everyone involved in the campaign must be congratulated for their efforts in bringing so much press and political attention to save the depot.

“The last train from the current schedule of works will leave on Friday but we have not given up the fight to retain a successful future for the site - not by a long shot.

“Unite has no intention of going away quietly and wWe firmly believe that the future of the rail depot can be secured with the necessary political will.”

A spokeswoman for Gemini Rail Group said the company had no comment to make on the matter.

The Scottish Government has indicated that it is unable to nationalise the site due to state aid rules and challenges from other companies who offer the same service.

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A Scottish Government spokesman said: “It is clearly very disappointing that Gemini Rail commenced closure of the Springburn works and this is a very concerning time for the remaining staff and their families. The timescale Gemini Rail set as part of the statutory consultation process was too short and did not allow a meaningful review of options for the site.

“However, despite our representations, Gemini has refused to postpone the closure. No other business in the rail sector has expressed solid interest in the site in its current form, that is why Scottish Enterprise is doing all it can to look at the potential of repurposing the site to ensure a sustainable future.

“We will also do everything we can to support affected workers through PACE employee support. A number of staff have already benefitted from this and taken up employment opportunities at other rail workshops in Scotland.”