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S5W-20624: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the ScotRail timetable changes on 9 December 2018 and the reduction in services travelling south from Stonehaven from 11 to three per day, what action it has taken to mitigate any inconvenience for passengers on this route; what plans it has to work with Network Rail and ScotRail to improve waiting facilities at Montrose for passengers connecting from Stonehaven; what action it has taken to ensure that routes from Stonehaven to Montrose, and Montrose to the Central Belt, are convenient for passengers connecting the two routes; what concerns passengers have raised with it regarding the reduction in services, and whether, in light of any concerns that passengers raise, it will ask ScotRail to review the number of journeys from Stonehaven.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 January 2019

ScotRail has worked closely with Transport Scotland, Nestran, Tactran, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils in developing plans to deliver the greatest benefits to customers in the North East of Scotland from the additional trains we are bringing into service.

Ultimately, all timetables are by necessity a compromise. The plans will deliver a material improvement for the vast majority of customers in the Stonehaven area and ScotRail has worked to limit the negative impacts by retaining some intercity calls, minimising interchange times at Montrose and improving facilities. The next phase of timetable improvements in this corridor will be introduced at the end of 2019 and ScotRail will monitor how customers use the new services to inform future changes.