A decision to bring railway policing under the command of Police Scotland has been welcomed by a North-east MSP.
The Scottish Government passed the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood this week which sees the integration of the British Transport Police (BTP) within Police Scotland.
The expertise of BTP officers and staff will be backed by specialist resources from Police Scotland including counter terrorism, air support and armed policing.
Angus North and Mearns MSP Mairi Evans believes the changes will ensure rural stations, such as Laurencekirk, Montrose and Stonehaven, are better equipped to deal with railway crime in the area.
She said: “By having well trained officers working alongside experienced British Transport Police – while maintaining a specialist railway division within Police Scotland – we will see an improvement of the service, and not just for rural communities but across the whole railway network.”