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Call for Insch station survey responses

By David Porter

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Bennachie Community Council (BCC) is urging all residents of Insch and surrounds to respond to the online Insch Station Survey which closes on Friday, November 29.

AECOM is currently undertaking this survey as part of its feasibility study on access at Insch Station.

Chair of Bennachie Community Council Sarah Robinson said: “We urge local residents to respond to the survey in order to ensure that Insch Station gets a proper solution that will deliver accessibility for all.

"Three options are being considered and the Community Council fears that cost will be the main deciding factor.

"Currently Insch Station is inaccessible to many with any type of physical disability, limited mobility or parents with pushchairs.

"Anyone carrying heavy luggage is also in for a real workout."

BCC continues to draw attention to the survey and is encouraging all local residents served by the station to respond by the deadline.

The survey can be accessed directly at www.inschstationsurvey.co.uk.

The option drawings are also now available on the Nestrans website at https://www.nestrans.org.uk/projects/studies/documents-studies/.

She continued: “We should not have to justify the need for a fully accessible solution, it is a legal requirement.

"Insch Station is one of, if not, the only station in the north-east of Scotland which is not accessible.

"Extensive platform extension works have already been completed at Insch and now it makes sense for accessibility provisions on a par with new stations such as Kintore to be tackled.

"We know for sure that many people avoid using Insch station because of the access issues and this is clearly discriminatory.

"If people do not take this opportunity to send a strong message regarding accessibility many will continue to be discouraged or excluded from using the station."

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