Record numbers of passengers at local stations

More people are using North-east railway stations, with Portlethen showing the biggest increase.

A report to transport partnership Nestrans this week said that the eight North-east stations show passenger numbers that are up by an average of 7.8% in 2013/14 on the previous year, at 5.8 million. This compares to an all-Scotland increase of 1.1%.

North-east passenger numbers are now more than double the figure of 10 years ago.

Portlethen shows the largest year-on-year rise at 72% to 48,174 up 350% on 10 years ago.

Laurencekirk saw a total of 102,772 passengers. That is almost three times the figure forecast before the station reopened.

Stonehaven saw 528,307 passengers in 2013/14, up 3.51% on the previous year.

North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison commented: “As the report says, this is further evidence that providing services at the times passengers want, is having a very significant impact.

“A crossrail service with stations at Newtonhill, Cove, and further north would pay huge dividends, taking many cars off the roads.”