Weir seeks rail assurance

Angus MP Mike Weir has called upon the UK government to make a commitment that the new franchisee on the East Coast main line will continue to use all current stations on the route, such as Arbroath and Montrose.

Mr Weir raised the issue after reports in Rail magazine that Dunbar was to be dropped from the route in an effort to improve journey times from Edinburgh to the south.

Raising the issue at Scottish Questions, Mr Weir said: “The East Coast mainline is an important service for Angus with stops in Montrose and Arbroath giving a direct service to the main centres along the east of the country down to London. The news that trains will no longer stop in Dunbar is concerning and raises the fear that there may be attempts to drop other stations from the route. It has been suggested before that East Coast trains should no longer stop at stations in Fife and Angus to speed up journey times between the major cities. This would be completely unacceptable.”

Weir was disappointed that the Minister didn’t appear to be aware of the issue, and said he would keep pressing the matter.