Rail investment news welcomed

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Angus parliamentarians have welcomed news of additional Scottish Government investment into the rail network along the east coast.

Elected representatives Graeme Dey MSP and Mike Weir MP have warmly welcomed the impact that the Scottish Government’s decision to invest around £200 million over the next five to 10 years in improving the rail link between Aberdeen and the central belt.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey: “At the heart of this investment will be addressing the long standing issue of the single track at Usan, between Montrose and Arbroath, which is great news for Angus based rail users.

“The two major obstacles to increasing the number of trains serving the coastal strip are the Usan bottleneck and a lack of deployable rolling stock.

“Now the Usan issue is to be addressed and we have additional rolling stock being introduced into the Abellio Scotrail fleet in 2017-18, the opportunity to greatly improve access to rail travel along the coastal strip of Angus is there and I look forward to engaging with the providers to ensure that’s delivered.’’

Angus MP Mike Weir added: “The investment in dealing with the Usan bottleneck is fantastic news and demonstrates the determination of the Scottish Government to tackle the problems that have long plagued our transport infrastructure.

“This project opens up the possibility of major improvements to the rail line and services along the east coast and particularly to Montrose and further north.”