More trains a hit with travellers

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The addition of four new rail services in Monifieth has proved a huge success with demand exceeding expectations.

The number of services stopping in the town increased from two to six a day on Mondays-Saturdays in December.

The Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey, who worked closely with ScotRail to secure the enhanced provision, has unveiled figures showing passenger numbers from Monifieth have more than doubled in the first three months since the introduction of a 08.11 train to Edinburgh, 17.57 to Arbroath, 18.31 to Edinburgh, and 23.14 to Aberdeen

More than 1,300 people used the services from December 9, 2013, and March 1, 2014, compared with footfall of less than 550 at Monifieth over the same period the previous year.

Mr Dey commented: “I’m delighted that the expanded timetable has secured the level of support it has from Monifieth residents and visitors to the Angus town alike.

“The response we’ve had shows that if you can provide access to rail then the public will make use of it and I am really pleased that ScotRail’s commitment in this regard is being rewarded.

“Going forward I hope we can have even more trains stopping in the town. But achieving that will have to be evidenced by demand. And these figures are certainly helpful in that regard.”

ScotRail commercial director Sean Duffy said: “By opening up even more journey opportunities to the travelling public, we are helping to meet the growing demand for rail travel - and to deliver better links between Scottish communities.”