Nestrans set to contribute to Rail franchise consultation

Stuart Smith 2011, News

Following a positive meeting with members of the North East Transport Consultative Forum (NETCF), as part of Transport Scotland’s ‘Rail 2014 consultation programme’, Nestrans, the statutory regional transport partnership for the North-east, will be writing to the government regarding a number of topics raised.

Derick Murray, Nestrans Director, commented. “The meeting was extremely useful and covered a variety of rail related subjects, including through trains to London, commuter trains, Sunday services, overcrowding and comfort levels on the current rolling stock and once these matters have been discussed and a considered response prepared, we will be writing to Transport Scotland with our input to the consultation which ends in February.

“We are hopeful that consultation will result in further enhancements for north east rail passengers. From Monday week, as a result of our raising concerns regarding overcrowding on the Aberdeen – Inverness service, ScotRail is introducing additional carriages on the route resulting in almost 500 extra available seats each day which is excellent news for passengers.

“From the same day, the 0941 Glasgow – Aberdeen train will stop at Laurencekirk and Stonehaven on a Saturday, in addition to weekdays and the 2105 Aberdeen – Edinburgh train will call at Laurencekirk Monday to Saturday, giving a later last train back from Aberdeen on Saturday nights.”

The response to Transport Scotland will be considered at the Nestrans board meeting on February 15th next year with the consultation closing on 20th February.