Call for free wi-fi in Angus stations

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Local commuters have been “short-changed” by the introduction of free wi-fi at the country’s railway stations, a north east MSP has claimed.

Conservative Nanette Milne said she is disappointed that no Angus stations were included in the Scottish Government’s announcement last week.

ScotRail will receive £250,000 to provide free wireless access, allowing passengers to access the internet, at 25 stations across Scotland while 38 of the newest trains in the ScotRail fleet, which operate in the central belt, will also be fitted with wi-fi.

Dr Milne said: “I am sorry that the SNP Scottish Government has short-changed Angus commuters once again by not including a single Angus station in its flagship free access wi-fi funding for Scottish railway stations.

“As someone who uses the train every week to commute to Parliament, I know that many local Angus residents commute from Arbroath, Carnoustie, and Montrose stations.

“Improved wi-fi connection would allow many business commuters to remain connected and work while travelling. Improved wi-fi would arguably also encourage more people to travel by rail.”

The new service is scheduled to be introduced by December next year at stations including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh Haymarket and Helensburgh Central.

Announcing the plan, Keith Brown, transport minister, said it demonstrates commitment to ensuring rail travel is an “attractive option” and further ways of getting passengers connected will be explored.

Dr Milne added: “Increasingly it seems that communities across Angus are not on the radar of SNP Ministers when it comes to infrastructure investment. I will be writing to Keith Brown to make the case for Angus stations to be included in future upgrades.”