Macdonald calls for NE to respond to Network Rail consultation
Local Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on North east residents to respond to Network Rail’s consultation on its Scotland Route Study, published today, which puts forward a series of proposals which will improve journey times between Aberdeen and the Central Belt.
The report identifies the stretch of single track near Montrose as a major problem for all journeys between the North East and the destinations further south. If that is solved, phased electrification between Aberdeen and the Central Belt could become a real possibility for the 2020s.
Lewis Macdonald said today:
“Anyone who travels regularly between Aberdeen and the Central Belt will welcome the recognition by Network Rail that the stretch of single track at Montrose is a major problem.
“These basic improvements must be made to allow electrification of the line between Aberdeen and Edinburgh to improve journey times travelling north and south.
“The proposals published today are part of a consultation that will shape the way Scotland’s railways develop – and which will influence those with responsibility for making long-term funding decisions.
“I would encourage people across the North East to respond to the consultation with options to improve rail travel between Aberdeen and the Central Belt, and between Aberdeen and Inverness, to make sure that the region doesn’t miss out when final decisions are being made.”