Perhaps the scheme's demise is sensible when faced with the kind of deficit transport will need to play its part in curbing - especially if it enables existing capacity-enhancement schemes to continue.
However, as is so often the case now, Scotland has seen money pledged to improve a number of its major train stations, at a cost of £1 million. At a time when a scheme along the same lines has been disbanded, many will question why Scotland is receiving a share of the Station Community Regeneration Fund. That's partly a self-answering question, since the finance comes from a different pot. A pot that hasn't been taken back by the DfT, presumably since it has no absolute control of it.
Dundee, Kilmarnock, Cupar, Dumbarton Central and Kinghorn stations will all receive money for projects including shops and arts facilities. This, in turn, aims to achieve precisely what the Better Stations scheme aimed to do - improve the travel experience for passengers, create new amenities at stations and offer new employments opportunities.
Further applications for grant money are still invited, with the closing date being October. It would be nice to think that stations such as Manchester Victori and Warrington Bank Quay, that officially made it onto the 'worst ten' list, will receive a similar financial sprinkling during the next round of grant awards.