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Rebecca Buchan: New north-east train lines would boost our towns and the green effort

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I often struggle to comprehend how we just accept the public transport offering in the north-east without question.

Anyone wanting to work their way around Aberdeenshire, or indeed travel from anywhere there to the city, faces lengthy journeys at, quite frankly, ridiculous costs.

For as long as I can remember, it has felt like all north-east residents are expected to have car, because anyone who doesn’t may as well accept they ain’t getting anywhere fast (or without paying an arm and a leg).

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the impact scaled-back rail services are having across the country, and it makes you realise how vital they are.

Having just travelled around Spain by train, I can tell you it was a delightful, hassle-free, quick and affordable way to get about. Meanwhile, in the north-east, the 15-mile bus journey between Peterhead and Fraserburgh has just been ranked as one of the worst in Scotland.

At £6 each way, the Stagecoach route can take up to an hour and 20 minutes, when the same journey by car takes just 20. I could get a train to Glasgow for the same price, if I booked early enough!

Not to mention the cost and time attached with bussing it between Peterhead and Aberdeen – £15 for a return ticket.

As a little girl growing up in Peterhead, I often found myself riding my bike down........

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