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Increase in use of Forres train station

By Jonathan Clark

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THE amount of people using Forres train station is on the rise, according to recently-released data.

Forres, which saw a new station open in October 2017, saw a seven per cent rise in rail users across 2018-19, according to estimates from the Office for Road and Rail (ORR).

A total of 126,290 users entered or exited Forres station across the financial year covering 2018-19, an increase on the 118,036 that did so in 2017-18.

A train arrives at Forres train station. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
A train arrives at Forres train station. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The number of users at Moray's three stations has risen 1.2 per cent from the period covering 2017-18, from 507,476 to 513,608.

Elgin's station saw a 2.2 per cent rise in use from 2017-18 to 2018-19. Keith's station, however, saw 9.8 per cent less commuters enter or exit.

Several improvements were made to the Inverness-Aberdeen line across the 2018-19 period.

A Scotrail spokesperson said: "We want to encourage as many people as possible to travel by train, and to make their journey a seamless one.

"The Aberdeen to Inverness improvement works were a huge success and are playing a critical role in delivering a better service for our customers in Moray, as we continue to invest in Scotland’s Railway.

"The December 2019 timetable delivered significant improvements for customers, and we are looking forward to making even more enhancements to take full advantage of the infrastructure improvements that have been delivered."

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