Forty miles too far from Fraserburgh

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Fraserburgh residents are now further away from the rail network than any other people in Britain living in a town of its size.

The Broch has inherited the unwanted mantle following the opening of the new Borders Railway last weekend, according to author David Spaven.

Mr Spaven, author of Waverley Route: the battle for the Borders Railway, said: “My new research indicates that when the Borders Railway opens on Sunday, this dubious accolade will shift to Fraserburgh, population 13,000 and 40 miles from the nearest rail station.”

The news of Fraserburgh’s distance from the rail network comes at a month after Nestrans heard initial feedback on the Fraserburgh to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study.

The study looks at a number of issues including the railway line.

Councillor Ramsay Milne, Nestrans Chair, said: “The study seeks to examine all modes of transport including rail, bus, road and active travel connections and will help inform a range of potential options for improvement to infrastructure and connectivity that will benefit the users of this route.”

“Support for re-opening the former Formartine & Buchan line was identified during the consultation phase of Nestrans’ Regional Transport Strategy Refresh last year, which is why we have committed to investigating this as an option as part of the all modes study.”

Support for a railway line connecting Fraserburgh and Aberdeen is widespread and has the backing of local councillors.

Cllr Brian Topping said: “It is something I would be behind one hundred per cent.

“It would be greener, quicker and take a lot of the cars and lorries off our roads.”

He added: “If you look at the Borders Railway it was a dream, but a dream that has been realised.”

Mr Spaven was also showed solidarity with remoteness of the North East town.

He said: “I hope the unwelcome news about the Buchan towns’ national isolation will spur on Aberdeenshire Council and local campaigners in their efforts to make a case for restoring at least part of the regional rail network.”