Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed today’s announcement that a contract has been awarded using funding from the Scottish Government for a new Sustainable Transport Study on reconnecting the North-east corner to the railway network.
The project has the backing of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce who, given their track record with other public contracts, are managing the financial side of the grant.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“This is another welcome step along the route to reconnecting the North-east corner to the rail network once again.
“Much has changed since the last time this was looked at, including the recent announcement on carbon capture which opens up new possibilities for freight.
“The success of the Borders Railway since it was re-opened is a textbook example of how projects such as this can be made to work and I look forward to the findings of the study in due course.”
Transport Secretary Mairi McAllan MSP said:
“It is clear the Campaign for North-east Rail Group are passionate about this proposal. This award of up to £250,000 from the Scottish Government Just Transition Fund to conduct a multimodal study into transport options in the North-east of Scotland builds on their previous work.
“We expect the appraisal will take due consideration of any future development in the corridor, including potentially at St Fergus and we look forward to receiving the output of this work in due course.”
Note: Photograph attached shows Richard Thomson MP