Let's get Aberdeenshire rail lines back up and running

It should be “full steam ahead” with plans to open railway lines across Scotland, including links to towns in Aberdeenshire such as Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:00 am
Rosemary Bruce is supporting calls for the return of rail lines to Aberdeenshire towns.

That’s the view of the Scottish Liberal Democrats which wants to see plans for new railway lines and stations.

It is calling for a fresh look at those lines which were lost in the ‘Beeching cuts’ in the 1960s, and says such a move would be a welcomed by commuters and boost travel around Scotland.

The party also wants to see a new annual report to the Scottish Parliament to ensure the projects are driven forward.

Rosemary Bruce, a Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the North-east, said: “After we put the wheels in motion for the reopening of the Borders railway – which has been a real success – the Scottish Liberal Democrats believe it has to be full steam ahead on making our rail network the best it possibly can be.

"By carrying out a review of which lines would be viable and then getting them up and running we can deliver a real benefit to communities and the environment.

"We need to clean up our air and drive down Scotland's stubbornly high transport emissions.

"Our proposal for a new annual report to Parliament on progress would ensure that this isn't just a topic that comes up when parties want your vote.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats are putting recovery first for our communities, jobs and the climate emergency ."