Nestrans welcomes expanded North East timetable

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Nestrans welcomes ScotRail and Transport Scotland’s new national timetable,  which will boost services for North East passengers – including more calls and extra Sunday services.

The new timetable – coming into force from Sunday December 9 2012 – will improve connectivity for the region’s rail passengers.

Several stations between Dundee and Aberdeen will gain more frequent services – providing a more balanced spread of calls throughout the day.

And on Sundays there will be two extra services from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, as well as an additional service in the other direction.

Improvements to the Monday-Saturday timetable include:

* Portlethen gaining a total of five more calls a day. These include services to Inverurie and Glasgow

* Invergowrie getting five more calls, including services to Dundee and Glasgow

* Carnoustie receiving four more calls, including services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh

* Broughty Ferry benefitting from two more calls, including a service to Edinburgh and another to Aberdeen

* Laurencekirk getting an extra service to Glasgow, and;

* Stonehaven getting an additional service to Glasgow.

And extra calls on Sunday services will result in Broughty Ferry – which previously had no Sunday trains – getting seven calls, Laurencekirk gaining five more calls, Portlethen four more calls, and Stonehaven and Carnoustie each getting three more calls.

The Sunday timetable improvements include:

* A new 12.47 Aberdeen to Edinburgh service calling at Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Leuchars, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing and Haymarket

* A new 16.05 Edinburgh to Aberdeen service calling at Haymarket, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Cupar, Leuchards, Dundee, Broughty ferry, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven, and;

* The existing 09.15 Edinburgh to Dundee Sunday train being extended to Aberdeen, calling additionally at Arbroath, Montrose, Stonehaven and Portlethen.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “The new timetable provides real benefits for customers in the North East, including extra Sunday services and more station calls.

“This will mean better links between communities and will support Scottish business.

“It also underpins our focus on delivering more services and encourages more people than ever to switch to rail.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “These service enhancements for the north east will encourage new passengers to travel by rail for commuting educational and leisure, opportunities and help current passengers to get out earlier, stay out later and get around more frequently.”

Timetable information will be available from ScotRail’s website and booking offices from 16 September.

Paper timetables will be available four weeks ahead of the timetable being introduced.