Have Your Say on Buchan Rail Link Urge Councillors

>> 19 October 2015

Councillors are urging local residents to have their say at the forthcoming Public Exhibitions on the Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study.

A series of consultation events are being held in the coming weeks to provide an opportunity for residents, businesses and stakeholders to contribute to the future development of the transport corridor from Aberdeen to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Strategic options being considered include possible rail options.

The events are being held between 3.00pm and 7.00pm as follows:

Mon 26 Oct Holiday Inn Express, Parkway East, Bridge of Don
Tue 27 Oct New Inn, Market Street, Ellon
Mon 02 Nov Community & Sports Centre, Maconochie Place, Fraserburgh
Tue 03 Nov Apex Church Hall, 22 Broad Street, Peterhead

Commenting, Ellon & District SNP councillor Rob Merson said:

“I’ve received a great many approaches from constituents regarding re-establishing a rail link locally and this is now the opportunity for the public to feed-in their thoughts to the Transport Study.

“There is no doubt that having a rail link to the city centre will be of great benefit to people in Ellon and district, allowing them to bypass the bottlenecks which are regularly encountered at the Bridge of Don and King Street and which will remain even after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is opened and Balmedie-Tipperty is dualled.”

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillor Stephen Smith added:

“Local residents who want to see improved transport links from Peterhead to the south should seize this opportunity and make their views known.

“The massive increase in rail travel in the North-east in recent years, coupled with the strong support from the public for a rail link locally shows that re-establishment of a rail link to Buchan would not only be popular but would also open-up economic opportunities for the area.

“There is now real momentum behind a rail-based solution to relieve the congestion on roads into the north of Aberdeen.”

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