Train journeys increase across K&M

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Figures released this week from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has shown that local train stations have seen an increase across the board.

ORR publish estimates of the total numbers of people entering, exiting and changing at each station in Great Britain.

Three local stations, Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk have seen an increase in the amount of passangers entering and exiting the station.

Laurencekirk train station has the biggest increase with over 10,000 more combined than 2013/2014 (112,914 in 2014/2015 and 102,770 in 2013/2014).

Both Portlethen and Stonehaven had four figure increases with 8978 and 6580 combined entries and exits in 2014/2015. Stonehaven saw over half a million entries and exits to the station with 534,892 using the station this year, the largest between the three local stations.

North East MSP Alex Johnstone said: “I very much welcome this increased use of public transport. Given that these figures have increased across the board, I believe we should re-examine the case, not just for more trains stopping at stations such as Laurencekirk and Portlethen, but also explore the possibility of putting on more local trains servicing the area.”

“It is also vital that people have a positive experience of travelling by train, and we have to ensure that enough rolling stock is available to provide adequate seating.”

MSP Maureen Watt said: “I am delighted to see such a substantial increase in the train journey figures. These statistics vindicate my call for more trains in these areas, particularly Portlethen. It also shows the need for more electronic facilities such as ticket machines to ensure that people have access to book journeys.”