Speaking after a meeting today to discuss the programme of work to be carried out to Insch Railway Station which will allow for disabled access to the Northbound platform, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP hailed "a great step forward’ for the project.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats and local campaigners have been calling for disabled access to the Northbound platform but until recently their concerns have fallen on deaf ears. However, at a recent head to head with Mr Rumbles, the Scottish Transport Minister at last made it clear that he was ‘very sympathetic’ to the idea of carrying out the much needed improvements to disabled access to the station.
The meeting, which included members from Nestrans (The Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire) took place on the platform of the station.
Mr Rumbles said:
“I would like to thank the team from Nestrans for taking the time to meet me at the station today. I am very pleased that the early stages of the project are underway and I look forward to seeing the work start soon.
“These things can often experience setbacks and can take a long time to deliver, so I will be keeping the pressure on the Scottish Government to get the work underway as soon as possible.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon, David Evans who was also at the meeting added:
“The local community will be delighted to hear that progress is finally being made. We have been campaigning alongside local activists to see these changes made to the platform, for many years.
“Mike has done a fantastic job bringing this much needed improvement to the attention of the Scottish Government. Now we need to see real investment like this replicated across our transport infrastructure in the North East. I hope I can follow his example by making Insch Station the first of many victories for communities in Gordon.”