MSP Calls For Better Train Service North
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan called on ScotRail to improve its commuter rail services south and north of Inverness. At present there are no trains north out of Inverness from late morning until the evening commuter train at 5.30pm.
Mrs Macmillan, who is a member of the Scottish Parliament's Transport and Environment Committee, commented, "With ever increasing traffic volumes on the roads in and out of Inverness the rail network has a vital role to play in transporting people to and from work. The existing level of service is inadequate. The changing traffic flow following the introduction of traffic lights on the Clachnaharry Bridge, together with work scheduled for the Kessock Bridge and North Kessock junction will all increase congestion on the Kessock Bridge and the road south into Inverness in the next few months."
"The re-opening of Beauly Railway Station has proved to be a great success and the service is being well used by locals commuting to Inverness. It also proves that people will leave their cars at home if a viable rail service is available. I am aware that ScotRail do have the intention to improve their service but I have asked them for a firm timescale and also any further planned station re-openings."
"There is no doubt that those who commute to Inverness would welcome and use an improved rail service from Tain in the north. A more comprehensive service during the day, would also be used by shoppers, part-time workers and those who do not want to use their car."