Mike Rumbles MSP, speaking in the rural affairs committee this morning, has called on the head of Scotrail to improve access to Insch Railway Station for passengers with low mobility.
While giving evidence in the meeting, Phil Verster (Managing Director), David Dickson (Infrastructure Director) and Angus Thom (Engineering Director) of Scotrail Alliance outlined plans to improve the Huntly to Aberdeen network. However, despite Network Rail plans to directly invest in Insch station, the North East MSP raised concerns that there are no specific plans to improve access to the platform.
Mr Rumbles said: “Local campaigners have been calling for disabled access to both north and southbound platforms, but they’ve hit a brick wall.
“Improvements to the Huntly to Aberdeen service have been promised by the Scottish Government, Network Rail and Scotrail, but progress has been sluggish or non-existent in most cases. A small investment now could make a vast difference to passengers and the viability of the station. It would be absurd to let this opportunity pass by.
“The Scottish Government have ignored our local public transport needs in Aberdeenshire and the North East for years. They must, now, take a serious look at modernising our local infrastructure to ensure it is fit-for-purpose in the years to come.”