In a session on questions and answers in the Scottish Parliament today, the Minister for Transport confirmed to North East MSP Mike Rumbles that improving access for disabled passengers at Insch Railway Station should be a priority for the Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE fund).
In May last year, following a series of exchanges with Mr Rumbles, the Minister agreed to support a feasibility study into improving accessibility to the southern platform of the station, which could include money from the Access for All and SQUIRE funds.
Mr Rumbles said: “I’m pleased that the Minister has offered his continued support to improve access at Insch station.
“Local residents have been campaigning for years to see this work done. Progress has been slow but this is a matter of safety and providing equal access for all passengers. Nastrans, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, has funded a feasibility study into disabled access at Insch station which is currently underway.
“Access to the station, at the moment, is very limited and people have to cross the tracks and retrace their steps up a narrow path to get to the platform. The sooner this work is carried out the better for everyone.”
Notes for editors:
- See the full exchange in the Scottish Parliament (20/02/18) at: https://www.facebook.com/MikeRumblesLD/videos/2017307238294300/