Growing support to reconnect Fraserburgh to the rail network

Support is growing for a campaign which could see trains return to Fraserburgh.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 7:30 am
Could this become a familiar sight in Fraserburgh in the not too distant future?

As reported in last week’s Herald, the Campaign for North East Rail is calling for train services to be reinstated to Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Banchory.

In just over a week, more than 1000 people signed the campaign’s petition – and with the Scottish Parliament elections looming, there’s been support from candidates across the North-east and the political spectrum.

Among those declaring their support are the Banffshire and Buchan Coast Scottish Conservative candidate Mark Findlater and SNP candidate Karen Adam

The campaign's petition attracted the support of more than 1000 people in the first week.

In a statement supporting the campaign, Mr Findlater said that since the short-sighted Beeching cuts of the 1960s, Banffshire and Buchan folk had been left to travel great distances by car or bus to get to a train station.

He added: "Good transport links are vital for communities to thrive and grow. I and my fellow Scottish Conservatives have pledged to review all of the railway lines closed with a view to reopening connections and stations that will support local growth.”

Ms Adam was also supportive, saying: “I give my full support and advocate for better transport links overall, particularly here in Banffshire and Buchan coast. This would support the local economy and boost tourism to our stunning coastlines. The potential for freight and creating jobs within a green caveat is of significant importance.”

Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping, although not currently listed on the website as officially backing the Campaign for North East Rail, has also called for investment to reopen railway lines in Aberdeenshire.

Cllr Topping, who is standing for the Alba Party as a list candidate, said that if elected, one of the things he would be pushing the Scottish Government for was the reopening of the railway line to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

The campaign’s aims include a railway linking Fraserburgh and Peterhead with Aberdeen.

The new line would mostly make use of the disused Formartine and Buchan Way, but rather than branching at Maud, it would branch at Ellon.

You can find out more about the campaign, and sign the petition, at www.campaignfornortheastrail.org