Expansion and improvement of the rail infrastructure would play an important role in the decarbonisation of Scotland’s transport sector, with new railway lines and reopened stations connecting rural communities in ways not enjoyed since before the Beeching Report of 1963 which decimated the rail network throughout the North East.
Thankfully Dyce station - in my constituency - one of Scotland’s busiest small stations was reopened in 1984. The Formartine-Buchan railway line could be reinstated via Dyce, and include new urban stations in Bucksburn and Newmachar to support the growing population living outside the city, and reduce congestion en route to the new exhibition & conference centre and surrounding hotel infrastructure, which is also conveniently close to Aberdeen International Airport.
Cost benefit calculations by their very nature crunch numbers, but don’t always factor in wider considerations including quality of life and social inclusion, both of which can be achieved with an improved transport network.
Alongside this proposed expansion, rail improvements between Aberdeen and the Central Belt are ongoing with £200m investment set aside as part of the City Region Deal, so if the willingness to invest seriously is there then the region could be set to reap the rewards.”