Passengers at Inverurie Railway Station will no longer have to wait outside in wintry weather after intervention by First Minister and Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond.
Mr Salmond’s office has received a letter from Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of First Scotrail, confirming that a “remote facility” will be installed at the station allowing passengers to access the waiting room, even when the station is unstaffed.
Under current arrangements, the waiting room at Inverurie Station is only open between 6.50am and 1.50pm (when the station is manned).
Mr Salmond said that a number of constituents had written to him over the winter months, after being left waiting on trains in bad weather with no substantial shelter available. He then made representations to Scotrail who committed to looking closely at how these hours could be extended.
Welcoming the news, Mr Salmond said, “I’m delighted that Scotrail has listened to local demand and agreed to provide much better access to the waiting room at Inverurie Station.
“Inverurie is no rural backwater – it’s a busy and bustling town – and the huge rise in passengers through the station underpins the case for better station facilities.”
Passenger numbers have risen by 254 per cent in the last 10 years