TWO local MSPs have expressed their disappointment at moves by Scotrail to withdraw a vital morning train service for Fife commuters.
Claire Baker and David Torrance have written to the Scottish transport minister on behalf of constituents from Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour and Dalgety Bay who will no longer be able to board the 7.54 a.m train from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh Waverley from December 11.
Ms Baker claims there has been no consultation on the plans - and has called on Scotrail bosses to re-think.
The move will mean the train will still leave Kirkcaldy shortly before 8.00 a.m but will only stop at Inverkeithing - missing out stops at Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour and Dalgety. Commuters from those areas will either have to catch an earlier train or one which arrives in Edinburgh just minutes before 9.00 a.m.
Ms Baker said: “I am deeply dismayed at the decision to change the service.
“As a local MSP, I have not been informed or consulted. It is completely unacceptable – many people rely on this service for travelling to work.
“The 07.54 service is the only service which gets people from the coastal villages to workplaces in the centre of Edinburgh for 9.00 a.m.
‘‘The alternatives that commuters are left with will either mean they will be late for work or they will have to leave home too early in the morning – presenting particular challenges for parents with childcare arrangements.”
She added: “I am urgently contacting Scotrail to raise my concerns and will be pursing this matter with the Transport Minister.”
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “Constituents from Dalgety Bay and Aberdour will end up driving to Inverkeithing to catch the service there adding to commuter congestion in the town.
‘‘The decision seems to be inexplicable. This is a well used commuter train and removing it without consultation has caused outrage.”
Kinghorn commuter Lesley Weaver said she was angry about the withdrawal of the service which she has used for for the past 15 years.
She said: “I have handed out leaflets to commuters urging them to complain to Scotrail.
‘‘I will also have to speak to my boss to see if I can change my working hours as a result.
‘‘This train is a major lifeline and there are so many people who will be affected by this.”