Calls for more trains at Monifieth

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ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey has raised the issue of train services to and from Monifieth with the Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, in Holyrood’s debating chamber.

Mr Dey welcomed the Minister’s commitment to encourage people on to trains instead of using their cars and flagged up the need for more rail services to serve the people of Monifieth.

The MSP told the Guide & Gazette: “The lack of frequency of trains to and from Monifieth is an issue which I have been trying to get addressed for some time, and one which I made clear in my submission to the consultation which closed earlier this year.

“The SNP Government is fully behind attempts to get more people out of their cars and on to public transport, but we need an adequate level of service to make this an option for my constituents.

“Monifieth is a thriving town and, I am sure, one which will utilise any increase in the frequency of trains on the Dundee-Aberdeen line.”

Mr Dey stressed that he will continue to press the case for Monifieth.

Alan Mitchell, chief executive of Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, said that Scotland’s rail network is of key importance to business and the economy.

He continued: “Its infrastructure creates accessibility to a large part of the country, it connects Scotland both internally and externally, it facilitates access to employment and training and it services Scotland’s leisure and tourism market.

“The Scottish Transport Minister made a statement this week on the future of Scotland’s rail network and much of his Ministerial Statement focused on the possibilities of opening new stations.

“While new stations are welcome where customer demand exists and where new community partnerships can be formed to make it a reality, it is more sensible to make better use of the existing infrastructure, such as Monifieth railway station.

Mr Mitchell concluded: “If there is demand, then there should be more services and better facilities at Monifieth.”