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Kintore rail survey shows overwhelming support for station

January 21, 2013 1:15 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today published the Alison McInnesAlison McInnesresults of her Kintore rail survey which show overwhelming support for the proposed station.

Ms McInnes said:

"The Transport Minister cannot ignore these results. It is the most comprehensive survey of public opinion on the project to date. A whopping 97 per cent agree the station should be re-opened and the vast majority would use it."

She wrote to each of the 3,747 registered electors in Kintore and the immediate vicinity in August 2012, inviting them to participate in the survey. It aimed not only to determine levels of support for the station, but measure how often people would use services, where they would travel to and why.

During the 10-week consultation, 1,737 people (46 per cent) took part. Some 97 per cent agreed that a new railway station should be opened in Kintore.

If Kintore had a railway station, 237 people indicated that they would use it daily. A further 337 said they would use it more than once a week, 426 would use it weekly, 248 would use it fortnightly, and 403 monthly.

In addition, 77 per cent of participants indicated that they would use Kintore station for short-distance journeys (less than one hour in length) and 17 per cent said they would use it for long-distance journeys.

The majority of people - 70 per cent - would use the station most frequently for leisure purposes. Meanwhile, 15 per cent said that they would use it for work purposes and 2 per cent for study purposes.

Mrs McInnes said: "An unprecedented number of local residents responded making this the most comprehensive survey of public opinion on the project to date. I would like to thank the local community for their assistance and praise their commitment to this project.

"The results are very encouraging. There is no doubt that they prove that there is an overwhelming demand for rail services in Kintore. Crucially, participants' estimated usage strongly suggests that this support will be translated into their using the station regularly.

"I am certain that this view would be shared by the wider North East population and that they too would use services travelling to and from Kintore."

Mrs McInnes explained: "Kintore is the fastest growing town in the North East. However, Kintore and the region need better infrastructure to support this growth. While local road projects such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will go some way to alleviating the significant congestion problems, they are only part of the integrated transport solution that the North East desperately needs.

"Ministers must recognise that this is both a compelling result and an unequivocal statement of support for the station. The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland now need to provide the leadership and drive that is required to deliver a station for Kintore. They need to demonstrate their commitment to the project through substantive action and the allocation of funding.

"I have given a copy of the report to the Transport Minister and other stakeholders. He cannot afford to ignore the findings of the survey and a station should be opened as soon as possible."

A copy of the report is available to download from www.alisonmcinnes.co.uk