Councillors call for new south of Aberdeen stations

© DC ThomsonThe Inter7City pulling away from Aberdeen Railway station.
The Inter7City pulling away from Aberdeen Railway station.

Two councillors have called on transport bosses to consider a new train station in the south of Aberdeen.

Kincorth, Nigg and Cove SNP members Alex Nicoll and Stephen Flynn have penned a joint letter to Transport Secretary Michael Matheson and Nestrans.

The city once had multiple stations but now has just the main Aberdeen one and Dyce.

In their calls, Mr Nicoll and Mr Flynn said: “There has been significant investment in improving transport links across our city and region, not least with the AWPR and the current dualling of the rail line between Aberdeen and Inverness, but we don’t feel that this should be limit of our aspirations.

“Given the thriving populations in the south of the city that are in easy travel distance of the existing rail line, coupled with the development of the new harbour at the Bay of Nigg, we feel that the time is right to look again at introducing train stops in the Cove and Altens areas.

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“We know that Dyce Station remains a popular station for residents, commuters and workers alike and having similar facilities in the south of the city should be seriously looked at if we’re determined to improve infrastructure in Aberdeen.”

A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: “Scottish Ministers are committed to ensuring the railway meets future growth needs and are willing to consider proposals for new stations, or reopening existing ones, that arise from a positive transport appraisal which takes account of the impact on the wider rail network.

“Responsibility to demonstrate the need for new stations lies with the relevant promoter, for example local authorities, regional transport partnerships or developers. In the first instance, promoters should contact their relevant regional transport partnership, in this case Nestrans, and the local authority to progress the proposal.

“On a wider scale, work is under way to redevelop the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) which will feed into the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) to identify the transport interventions required to provide Scotland with a transport network fit for the 21st century.”