New services boost for local stations

ScotRail and Transport Scotland have revealed their 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 – 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.

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.

Laurencekirk is getting an extra service to Glasgow, and Stonehaven is also getting an additional service to Glasgow.

Extra calls on Sunday services will result in Laurencekirk gaining five more calls, Portlethen four more calls, and Stonehaven three more calls.

The Sunday timetable improvements include: A new 12.47 Aberdeen to Edinburgh service calling at Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk·

A new 16.05 Edinburgh to Aberdeen service calling at Stonehaven, and the existing 09.15 Edinburgh to Dundee Sunday train being extended to Aberdeen, calling additionally at 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 are available from ScotRail’s website and booking offices. Paper timetables will be available four weeks ahead of the timetable being introduced.

North Mearns Councillor Alison Evison is delighted that ScotRail have responded to Scottish Labour’s extensive local campaigning for more trains to stop at Portlethen Station.

“At last it seems that the interests of the passengers are being given high priority.

“This is the first step towards providing a service which meets the needs of a growing community.

“Scottish Labour representatives will continue to monitor the service offered at Portlethen to ensure that commuters and leisure users can regularly use the train, and hence take some of the pressure off our congested roads.”

Stonehaven is also getting an additional service to Glasgow Queen Street.

Councillor Raymond Christie said that this will be welcomed by local residents who have been asking for improvements.