An MP has urged rail bosses to ensure passengers from a north-east town are not “cut off” from the main Aberdeen to Glasgow line.
Andrew Bowie, Scottish Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has written to ScotRail after constituents complained no services on the route currently stop at the town’s station.
The MP says the situation at Stonehaven is “very similar” and residents have to drive to Montrose to catch Aberdeen to Glasgow trains.
In his letter, Mr Bowie said: “The introduction of services stopping at Stonehaven between the hours of 8am and 5.30pm, and Laurencekirk on a regular basis, would greatly increase the potential for more people to use the train rather than car or bus.
“I appreciate there are challenges in timetabling, however it does seem strange to have no Aberdeen to Glasgow service stopping at these settlements between those core daytime hours.”
Rail bosses have said by creating an interchange station at Montrose, it has allowed more local services to operate at stations like Laurencekirk.
Daily services to the town have increased from 24 to 40 since December.
A ScotRail spokesman said: “The improvements made to our timetable last December were another milestone as we work to provide better services for Scotland’s railway. This was just the first phase of the work we are doing to deliver for our customers over the coming year.
“The investment the ScotRail Alliance is making to modernise the railway and introduce new and upgraded trains means we will deliver faster journeys, more seats and more services for our customers.”