INCREASED services for commuters travelling to and from Portlethen came into effect this weekend.
In addition to Portlethen’s existing services, a further three northbound and four southbound services were added to the Monday-Saturday timetable from Sunday (8 December).
Following a rise in the number of passengers using the station from 15,000 in 2011 to 18,000 this year, the new timetable sees an increase of 40 additional stops per week at Portlethen station – almost 50% more than the previous service. Additional stops at Laurencekirk and Stonehaven stations have also be introduced.
There are also an additional two trains to stop in each direction on Sundays, taking the total number to five northbound and four southbound trains serving Portlethen. The new services provide a wide range of travel opportunities from Portlethen station, ensuring that some of the significant gaps between services are now bridged, reducing waiting time by hours
Donald Kent, travel coordinator for Nestrans said: “The new timetable is carefully designed to meet demand and encourage more people to use rail, adding services where they are most needed.
“It will improve connectivity for the region’s rail passengers by providing a more balanced spread of calls throughout the day, providing the opportunity for enhanced commuter journeys from Portlethen to Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh.”