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Decrease in use of Keith train station


By Jonathan Clark


THE amount of rail users in Keith declined steeply across 2018-19, according to recently-released data.

Keith's station saw 81,112 entries and exits across the 2018-19 financial year, a decrease of 9.8 per cent on 2017-18.

The amount of train users at Keith station is on the decline. Picture: Gary Anthony
The amount of train users at Keith station is on the decline. Picture: Gary Anthony

Across Moray, meanwhile, there was an increase in travellers over the same period. Estimates from the Office for Road and Rail (ORR) predict the number of users has risen by 1.2 per cent Moray-wide.

Elgin train station saw a 2.2 per cent rise in use from 2017-18 to 2018-19, while Forres' new station saw a seven per cent rise in usage. Moray's total number of travellers increased from 507,476 to 513,608.

Several improvements were made to the Inverness-Aberdeen line across the 2018-19 period, which could be one reason behind the decline in Keith-based rail users.

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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