Local Scottish Conservative politicians have called on the SNP Government to open rail stations in the Carse of Gowrie.
Councillor Angus Forbes, Murdo Fraser MSP and Scottish Conservative local Council candidate Mac Roberts would like to see at least one new railway station to be in use in the region.
Councillor Forbes has written to the Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth asking that the SNP Government consider reopening either Errol or Inchture station to encourage residents away from their cars and on to public transport.
The politicians feel that opening the railway stations again would meet the climate change objectives set by the council, make train travel easier for local residents and encourage people out of their cars.
Inchture Station was built in 1847 and closed in 1956. Originally it had a short tram operated branch line to Inchture village.
Errol Station opened in 1847 and closed more recently in 1985. Until then it served as a passenger and goods depot for Errol and the surrounding area.
Commenting, Councillor Angus Forbes, who represents the Carse of Gowrie ward, said: “During campaigning for the local government election, many residents have asked about the possibility of having at least one of the Carse rail stations opened to passengers. Now that the SNP Government own ScotRail, it’s within their power to do this and I feel it would be the right thing to do.
“We need to encourage more people out of cars and on to public transport. The bus service in the Carse of Gowrie isn’t very good so opening a new railway station would help to achieve that.”