Nestrans look to increase frequency of trains in Kincardine and Mearns

The Laurencekirk station was reopen in 2007
The Laurencekirk station was reopen in 2007

Transport bosses are taking steps to increase the frequence of trains stopping at Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.

Rail transport is recognised as being of huge importance to the North-east and the re-opening of Laurencekirk station attracted thousands of passengers.

Inverurie has seen a 212% increase in passengers through the station following changes to the timetable which extended Glasgow and Edinburgh trains through to the town.

For this reason Nestrans is continuing to support the Aberdeen Crossrail project by seeking to extend Inverness trains through to Montrose and increasing the frequency of those stopping at Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.

Currently, the Scottish Government is spending almost £750m on improvements to rail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow and is also giving the greatest priority to a new high speed line between these cities, at an unknown cost and with unknown benefits, by 2023.

Cllr Peter Argyle, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and Chair of Nestrans, said: “The council and Nestrans will continue to lobby for the rail links across the North-east and from there to the rest of Scotland, to be given the priority they deserve.

‘‘It is a real concern that the last rail project to be completed in Aberdeenshire was the reopening of Laurencekirk station, back in 2007.

‘‘Since then billions of pounds have been invested in other parts of Scotland, areas that continue to be given priority in Scottish Government plans.”