ScotRail on the right track with plans to add extra services
AFTER a week in which we learned about overt sexism at the President’s Club and that US President Donald Trump tweets from his bed, thank goodness for a news story that gave reason to cheer for common sense.
Granted, plans to make better use of Broughty Ferry railway station (pictured) might not grab global headlines like a scandal or a world leader.
But we shouldn’t underestimate the difference ScotRail’s proposed new timetable could make right here in Dundee.
Scheduled stops at the Ferry are set to double, opening up the possibility of a day trip to our seaside suburb for people from all over Scotland.
A family with young kids in Glasgow might not consider a jaunt to Dundee, swapping one busy city for another.
But offer up the promise of a beach, castle, ice cream, boutique shops, a summer fair, parks, fish and chips and cafes and then you might, as they say, be talking.
Another strike for common sense comes with hopes to quadruple services stopping at Monifieth.
Judging by your feedback, I’m not alone in noticing a reduction in the footfall and a rise in empty or struggling businesses in Monifieth’s town centre.
What better way to help reverse that decline than with the introduction of better connections to the town?
Not that it’s ScotRail’s responsibility to sustain or maintain any high street. Like any business, it operates to make a profit.
But surely there is a responsibility to balance profit with serving communities?
Parallels can be drawn with the decision of the big banks to shut branches in remote areas, including the Highlands, because customer numbers do not justify overheads in the shape of rent and staff.
But communities become more isolated without basic services such as banks and decent transport links.
ScotRail brings even better news, proposing an hourly service from Dundee to Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie and Arbroath.
That means our carbon footprint is reduced, with fewer cars on the roads and a viable option for commuters.
Anything that promotes Dundee and the surrounding areas is to be championed.
ScotRail’s plans make so much sense — we should all be in full cheerleading mode and pom-pom it into reality.