Cunninghame South MSP Margaret Burgess is urging her constituents to contribute to a consultation on the future of rail provision in Scotland.
The consultation, launched last week by Transport Scotland, will seek to determine the level of rail services required by communities across the country. It is also hoped people will give their views on fares, station facilities and how to improve the reliability of trains.
Mrs Burgess, whose constituency includes Stevenston, said, “This is an opportunity for local rail users to help shape the development of rail services in Ayrshire and across Scotland.
“Policy-makers and transport professionals have their own views but if the rail network is to meet passengers’ requirements then it is essential they play a part in determining the way in which the network can better meet their needs.”
The SNP MSP explained that the views of those who are not currently regular passengers are also being sought, “since the objective is to increase the number of people using the train.”
Said Mrs Burgess, “I know there are a number of people and communities in Cunninghame South who have strong views on railway issues and for them this is a prime opportunity to get a preferred project moved up the priority list.”
Members of the public can respond to the consultation through the Transport Scotland website: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/rail2014 . Staff will also be speaking with passengers at train stations across the country.