THE TAYSIDE railway partnership has announced that nine new trains will now stop at Broughty Ferry.
Tactran, the regional transport partnership for Tayside provider has arranged for the new services to call at Broughty Ferry to improve the connections in the area.
The enhancements follow proposals formulated by Tactran, ScotRail, Transport Scotland and Network Rail based on issues identified in the Tay Estuary Rail Study.
The additional calls represent a significant increase to the current four daily calls at Broughty Ferry.
There will be five new northbound calls from Monday to Saturday, such as the 6.31 a.m. Perth to Inverurie, 9.45 a.m. Edinburgh to Inverurie, and the Glasgow to Aberdeen service which stops at 11.07 a.m., 15.09 a.m. and 23.10 p.m.
Four new southbound calls Monday to Saturday are 7.41 a.m. Aberdeen to Glasgow, 15.09 p.m. Aberdeen to Edinburgh and Inverurie to Edinburgh at 17.11 p.m. and 23.38 p.m. Monday to Thursday and a service at 12.33 a.m. on Friday night.
The new services will trial for 12 months before being reviewed, the new stops will have no effect on the scheduled journey times of the services.
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to introduce these new services. They will bring tangible benefits and encourage more people to switch to public transport.”
Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East said: “I have always been convinced that if more trains stopped, more people would use them and particularly for short local trips into the city centre.
“Getting more people to use trains more often can only be a good thing for the environment.”
Broughty Ferry councillor Laurie Bidwell has welcomed the news, despite harbouring some doubts about the usefulness of the new services.
He said: “I welcome the improvements to the schedule of additional trains that will stop at Broughty Ferry Station when the new rail timetable comes into force on December 11.
“I regret however that First Scot Rail have not comprehensively implemented what the Tactran recommended in their Tay Estuary Rail Study.
“A regular timetable of services would have meant that potential customers would have got the hang of the services that connected Broughty Ferry with Dundee and Arbroath and commuting to work would be feasible once more.
“As it is, we have trains at a series of odd times and most are outside peak hours for travel to and from work.”