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Improving access for disabled passengers at Insch Station, Aberdeenshire, should be a priority for the Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE fund), which measures First ScotRail performance at its stations.

That’s according to the Minister for Transport, who confirmed his belief to North East MSP Mike Rumbles last week.

Mr Rumbles raised the issue in Scottish Parliament and after discussions the Minister pledged support to a plan to assess the feasibility of improving access at the station.

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It is hoped that the Access for All scheme and SQUIRE fund will help pay for the improvements.

Commenting on the development Mr Rumbles told the Inverurie Herald: “I’m pleased that the Minister has offered his continued support to improve access at Insch station. “Local residents have been campaigning for years to see this work done.

“Progress has been slow but this is a matter of safety and providing equal access for all passengers.”

“Nestrans, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, has funded a feasibility study into disabled access at Insch station which is currently underway.

“Access to the station, at the moment, is very limited and people have to cross the tracks and retrace their steps up a narrow path to get to the platform.

“The sooner this work is carried out the better for everyone.”

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