Action needs to be taken to reduce overcrowding on trains on the Aberdeen to Inverness line, says North East Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine.
Ms Jardine, her party’s candidate in next year’s Holyrood elections, says the situation is becoming intolerable for many passengers and has called for action from the operator, and is writing to the SNP transport minister, Derek McKay, to ask him to give the issue some attention.
She said: “It’s simply not good enough that people are expected to travel long distances on trains which are patently insufficient for the number of passengers who use them regularly.
“A general upgrading of the rail services in the North East is long overdue and this problem is symptomatic of the neglect many of us feel.
“Some customers have felt so strongly about this that they have not only approached politicians like myself about the issue but have been posting photographs of the conditions on Facebook.
“I am writing to the operator to ask for a meeting and an urgent examination of what can be done to alleviate overcrowding on these services.
“Hopefully it is something they will also be keen to see ended.”