Angus trains to improve says MSP

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The MSP for Angus South has welcomed plans being considered by Transport Scotland and Network Rail to improve coastal rail access.

Graeme Dey was pleased by the plans from the Scottish Government’s High Level Output Specification programme which over the next decade could benefit commuters from Aberdeen to the central belt. Mr Dey said: “There are proposals being looked at for Control Period’s Five (2014-2019) and Six (2019-2024) of HLOS which would have a very positive impact on my constituency.

“And Control Period Six offers the prospect of further enhanced signalling and more significantly doubling the track section at Usan, a move with a significant price tag but one which rail experts tell us would have the potential to greatly enhance rail provision down the east coast and of course through Angus.

“This is potentially very good news for this area and I am hopeful that on-going discussions I’ve been having with ScotRail will result in additional services into Monifieth before long.”

WiFi will also soon be making an appearance on Angus trains with ScotRail promising its installation by the end of the year and WiFi a possibility for Carnoustie station.

Mr Dey said: “I recognise entirely that the Angus stations did not meet the criteria for inclusion in phase one of the WiFi roll out as far as footfall and time spent within the station was concerned.

“However, another criteria was involvement in either the Commonwealth Games or Ryder Cup in 2014 and Carnoustie will of course be the rail link for the Games Shooting taking place at nearby Barry Buddon. The Minister has revealed Transport Scotland have asked ScotRail to investigate whether Carnoustie might be included in future permanent provision or at least benefit from temporary provision for the duration of the event.”