Date lodged: 19 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider rail infrastructure investment in the areas of Aberdeenshire where rail is not currently a public transport option.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 27 September 2018
We have committed to a new station in Aberdeenshire at Kintore, offering rail services to a community not currently served. This is part of a phased programme of works on the Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Corridor.
I recognise the important role that Scotland's transport system plays in connecting people to jobs and services and businesses to markets. Transport investment decisions need to be supported by robust evidence and in the Aberdeenshire area work is already ongoing through the Strategic Transport Appraisal which formed one of commitments in the Aberdeen City Region Deal. This appraisal will provide valuable evidence which will be considered further and in more detail on the part of Scottish Government through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review and by local and regional authorities through their Regional Transport Strategy.
Any specific proposals for rail investment which emerge from the appraisal will also need to align with our Rail Enhancement and Capital Investment Strategy, published in February this year.