MSP seeks meeting with minister over Insch Station

Insch Station where concern has been raised over access
Insch Station where concern has been raised over access

North East SNP MSP Mark McDonald has formally written to Transport Minister Keith Brown to discuss access issues at Insch Station.

Mr McDonald raised the problem in the Scottish Parliament on Monday afternoon in a supplementary question to the minister. He asked Mr Brown to consider meeting with him and also local councillor Allison Grant to discuss the problems at the station.

Currently, northbound trains on the Aberdeen to Inverness line have to stop at platform one, opposite the village because of restrictions that are caused by the single track which links Insch and nearby towns.

This means that passengers, including those with restricted mobility and prams and pushchairs, have to cross a footbridge to gain access to the village.

Mr Brown indicated in his response his willingness to meet with Mr McDonald, and Councillor Allison Grant, who has previously raised this issue after a constituent, whose husband used a wheelchair, raised the matter with her.

Mr McDonald said: “I am pleased that Mr Brown has indicated that he is willing to meet with Councillor Grant and myself to discuss this issue.

“Obviously, there have been recent improvements at other stations on the Inverness – Aberdeen line which had similar problems, and I hope that we will be able to find some way of improving access to Insch village for passengers arriving on the northbound train.”

Councillor Grant added: “It is absolutely ridiculous that, in this day and age, there is no wheelchair access to or from platform one at Insch station for trains travelling North.

“I do hope we can now move towards resolving this situation, which has caused difficulty and distress to so many disabled passengers over many years.”