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Laurencekirk Station numbers exceed expectation

Laurencekirk Station
The station was reopened in May 2009 after 41 years

Almost double the number of passengers predicted are using the reopened Laurencekirk Station in Aberdeenshire, new figures have revealed.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said 64,000 people had used the service, compared with the 36,000 originally anticipated.

The new station provides commuters with a direct daily rail service to Aberdeen.

It was reopened in May 2009, more than 40 years after it was closed in 1968.

Mr Stevenson said: "These figures are a clear sign that the local community has welcomed these new services which are delivering more trains and new services while improving access to jobs, education and leisure."

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