MP seeks answers about rail plans

Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine today called for reassurance from the Transport Secretary that cross border services on the East Coast line would continue to run to Aberdeen as part of the new franchise.

Sir Robert was responding to concerns expressed by Aberdeenshire Council that there is no guarantee that trains will continue to run direct between London and Aberdeen.

Commenting Sir Robert said: “I’ve written to the Transport Secretary to emphasise the importance of the route to North East businesses and residents. Trains running from Aberdeen to the North of England and London are vital for businesses in the region as well as for leisure travellers. The recent visit by three Cabinet Ministers to the region shows awareness of the importance of the North East to the UK economy and good transport links are vital to the continuance of that success.”

Councillor Peter Argyle, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee commented: “The direct trains that run from London to Aberdeen not only link the North East with London, but also provide important direct links to the rest of England via the many other stops along the way. It is essential that these direct trains are part of the new franchise. Proposals to end direct trains were made by Transport Scotland last year and Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans both lobbied strongly against such a change.”