Report ‘significant’ boost for rail campaigners

Cllr Stephen Smith has welcomed the backing of SAPT.
Cllr Stephen Smith has welcomed the backing of SAPT.

The campaign to bring a rail link to Buchan received a “significant boost” last week when the Scottish Association for Passenger Transport (SAPT) publicly backed a rail link to Ellon as a first step towards future expansion.

The SAPT report states: “As well as giving a fast 28-minute link from Ellon to Aberdeen, this would bring the benefit of seamless travel from the study area to the rest of Scotland and the world.

“Connections at Dyce would be available to Aberdeen Airport, and the Inverness line via Inverurie.

“And in future, the local train service from Ellon could be extended to start at Fraserburgh and/or Peterhead, and continue as a cross-city link beyond Aberdeen to Stonehaven or a re-opened line to Banchory,” it added.

Vice-chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Peterhead councillor Stephen Smith said: “Their backing for a rail link north of Dyce is a significant boost to the campaign to bring rail back to Buchan.”

Ellon & District councillor Rob Merson added: “With demand for rail travel predicted to soar, having direct connections to the national rail network is increasingly important for business and leisure travellers alike.”