CITY status has finally arrived at Dunfermline's rail station after new signs were put up yesterday (Wednesday)

The moment in our history was captured as ScotRail staff were snapped putting up 'Dunfermline City' signs at the former 'Town' station by Kyle McKinnon, of Dunfermline.

Dunfermline was declared a city in May as part of the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations but when the Press asked the rail firm when the signs would change at the Town station to reflect this, ScotRail said it could not confirm when – or even if – it would be able to change the name.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail head of customer operations, explained at the time: “It’s a complicated and costly process to change the name of a station. We need to change not only the physical signs but also every mention of the station in all the databases used by the rail industry across the UK. Therefore, it’s impossible to offer any concrete timeline as to when, or if, the name of the station will be changed.”

But they back-tracked following the visit in October of of King Charles, who conferred city status officially in his first public engagement as monarch following the death of the Queen.

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth was keen that the station’s name reflected the importance of Dunfermline’s status and approved the process to make this happen.

Then, Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, told the Press: “It is appropriate that we play our part in this change and we have started the process of changing the name of the station.

“It will take some time to formally complete but we are doing everything we can to make this exciting change as soon as we can in recognition of Dunfermline as Scotland’s eighth city.”