The number of people using Inverurie Station has soared by 42%, according to latest figures released by Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership body.
The rise follows ScotRail introducing an enhanced timetable in December, 2008.
Before then, an average of 15,569 passengers used the station every four-week period between April 2007 and December 2008.
The numbers now stand at an average 22,000 per four-week period – and the growth continues.
Inverurie is now served by 22 trains per day Monday through Saturday in each direction, providing an excellent range of opportunities for travel towards Inverness, into Aberdeen or further afield.
Nestrans Chair Councillor Kevin Stewart welcomed the figures, stating “this demonstrates the potential for rail travel in and around the north east. A small increment in improved services can reap huge benefits for travellers and encourage more and more people to travel by train. This is further evidence that investment in rail in the north east provides excellent value for public money and provides the impetus to secure further improvements, initially to supplement the frequency of Sunday services on this line, then towards a new station at Kintore and in the longer term towards major enhancements all the way between Aberdeen and Inverness.”
Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, said: “We are delighted to have delivered so many passenger journeys at Inverurie.
“It is heartening to know that we are developing rail services where they are needed most.”