Demand for better rail service

THE LOCAL MSP is once again calling on Scotrail to provide a better service for passengers in Monifieth.

Only two trains stop at the town’s station every day despite the train operator seeing passenger numbers for the year ending in March 2012 increasing by 3.6 per cent to 8.1 million.

And now Graeme Dey has urged the managing director of Scotrail, Steve Montgomery, to look at getting more trains to stop in Monifieth as he believes there is demand.

Mr Dey explained: “I have written to Mr Montgomery congratulating him on the increase because clearly it is good news that more people are using public transport rather than cars.

“However, in doing so I also pointed out that residents of Monifieth don’t have this option with only two trains a day stopping there.”

And with the process of renewing the contract for Scotland’s railways beginning again in two years time, the MSP is keen for Scotrail to take his suggestions seriously.

He added: “I understand entirely that there is no prospect of that situation improving in the short term but have asked that as we head towards the franchise renewal process in 2014, Scotrail might look favourably on providing the town with a more appropriate level of service.

“The Scottish Government has since 2007, invested £2.6 billion on rail infrastructure, maintenance, supporting passenger services and improving the network.

“I would suggest that it is not unreasonable to be looking for Monifieth to enjoy some benefit from that.’’

Mr Dey has also gained the backing of Monifieth and Sidlaw councillor Rob Murray, who also believes there should be a fairer deal for the town in terms of rail provision.

And he added: “There is absolutely no doubt that a demand for increased rail provision exists in Monifieth, and like Graeme I hope we can get the situation addressed in the not too distant future.”

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