The boss of ScotRail has said they will look into issue of some north-east communities feeling cut off since the changes to train timetables last year.
At the Nestrans meeting yesterday the lack of trains calling at Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk was discussed, which MP Andrew Bowie said had been “cut-off” by a change to the timetable in December.
Some services between Aberdeen and Glasgow no longer call at the stations, leaving customers to make the trip to either Aberdeen or Dundee to reach the Central Belt.
ScotRail managing director Alex Hynes said: “We were planning this timetable since 2015, working with bodies like Nestrans while we were doing so.
“The design of the timetable is there to cut journey times, as well as increase capacity and reliability for most rail customers.
“We recognise that there are a small number of customers who may have to change trains.
“One of the things that we will be looking at is reviewing the performance of this timetable.
“We have further timetable enhancements coming later this year and we’ll consult with local stakeholders to make sure that we get the right journey balance for people in the north-east.”
Mr Hynes said there is little chance of a change to the timetables before December.
He said: “We change the timetables across the UK twice a year, in May and December. It’s important to remember that we’re not just looking at timetables for Scotland, it’s for LNER or freight operators across the UK. So we don’t have free reign to do that, hence my focus on December.”