Hike in footfall signals success at rail station

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The MSP for Angus South has welcomed the rise in footfall at Monifieth rail station which has seen nearly 1000 additional passengers use services there.

Recently-published figures from the Office of Rail and Road show an increase from 4680 travellers in 2014-15 to 6654 in 2015-16.

The Office of Rail and Road has put this down to the introduction of new services stopping in the town.

Graeme Dey, Angus South MSP, who worked closely with ScotRail to secure that enhanced provision, said: “This further rise in passenger numbers at Monifieth rail station demonstrates clearly the demand there is for access to train services to and from the town.

“I was pleased that ScotRail tripled the number of trains stopping in Monifieth in 2013 from two to six.

‘‘This has led to an 88 per cent increase in passenger numbers.

“And over the past year – during which only one further service was added – we’ve seen a further 42 per cent increase.

“The message from Monifieth is clear.

‘‘Give us appropriate access to rail and we will utilitise that.

“I, along with the folk living in the town, am very much looking forward to the new hourly local service connecting Monifieth with Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie and Arbroath which is being introduced in mid to late 2018.

“However, while appreciating there is only so much capacity on the network, I intend to raise with the Transport Minister in Parliament next week whether there might, given the clearly demonstrated demand, be any possibility of adding services ahead of that.”

Gazette country also plays host to one of Britain’s least used stations, which is located at Barry.

According to estimates from the Office of Rail and Road 68 people used the station between April 2015 and March 2016.

On a seperate note, the new timetable for train services in Scotland came into effect on Sunday so it is worth double-checking your travel arrangements before setting out.