Disabled access “a priority”

Insch Railway Station
Insch Railway Station

The Minister for Transport has confirmed to a North East MSP that improving access for disabled passengers at Insch Railway Station should be a priority for the Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE fund).

The issue was raised at a question and answer session at Scottish Parliament last week by Mike Rumbles.

In May last year, following a series of exchanges with Mr Rumbles, the Minister agreed to support a feasibility study into improving accessibility to the southern platform of the station, which could include money from the Access for All and SQUIRE funds.

Commenting on the development Mr Rumbles said: “I’m pleased that the Minister has offered his continued support to improve access at Insch station.

“Local residents have been campaigning for years to see this work done.

“Progress has been slow but this is a matter of safety and providing equal access for all passengers.”

Mr Rumbles added: “Nestrans, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, has funded a feasibility study into disabled access at Insch station which is currently underway.

“Access to the station, at the moment, is very limited and people have to cross the tracks and retrace their steps up a narrow path to get to the platform.

“The sooner this work is carried out the better for everyone.”