ScotRail on the right track with plans to add extra ser­vices

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

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