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MSP Calls for Return to Normal Train Service in Blair Atholl

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Local representatives in Highland Perthshire are calling on Scot Rail to resume the normal train service offered in Blair Atholl.

Chair of the Blair Atholl Community Council, Donald Isles, wants to see the service go back to normal as Scotland eases its Coronavirus restrictions, he’s joined by Highland Ward councillor John Duff and MSP, for Mid Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser.

Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “Understandably rail services to and from Blair Atholl rail station were cut due to the impact of the pandemic, but passengers now face not being able to enjoy a day trip to Perth and if anyone wants to travel to either Edinburgh or Glasgow, they have to leave very early in the morning.

“In addition, rail services northbound are also affected due to a lack of return trains to Blair Atholl. They are being offered a poor service.

“I decided to write to Mr Hynes to ask him to take these points on board and for him to review the rail services available to passengers at Blair Atholl now that Covid restrictions have eased. More people are now travelling to work and we see tourists are visiting places like Blair Atholl.”

Councillor Duff also joined Mr Fraser and wrote to Mr Hynes as well, he highlighted the importance the community’s connection to the rail service has on the local recovery.

And Councillor Duff, who represents the Highland Ward, added: “As communities try to recover from the effects of the pandemic, it is vital that organisations such as ScotRail play their part in doing everything it can to help sustain and improve connections and services to areas like Blair Atholl. 

“On behalf of the local population, I have asked that ScotRail reviews the current position of services stopping at Blair Atholl with a view to maximising the frequency of available trains.”

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