Report to get the Blue Toon back on track welcomed

The old Peterhead train station
The old Peterhead train station

The possibility of Peterhead being re-established on the country’s railway network have been welcomed by members of a local quango.

Aberdeenshire Members of the Board of Nestrans have welcomed the latest report that looks at the possibility of getting the Blue Toon back on a rail track.

At a meeting on Friday, October 9, officials tabled a report recommending further work on seven options for improved transport on the Aberdeen to Ellon, Fraserburgh and Peterhead corridor.

Among the options was the re-opening of the railway line from Dyce northwards into Buchan.

Several councillors were supportive of the suggestion.

Peterhead North & Rattray Councillor Alan Gardiner said: “I am very supportive of efforts to re-open the railway north from Aberdeen.

“The Nestrans report is a very welcome step forward and I now look forward to the next stage, which will involve wider public consultation on the various options.”

And Peterhead South & Cruden Councillor Stephen Smith said: “The massive increase in rail travel in the North East in recent years, coupled with the strong support from the public for a rail link locally, shows that re-establishment of a rail link to Buchan would be popular.”