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Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has welcomed the appointment of Keith Brown MSP as Scotland’s new Transport Minister, and has written to him regarding levels of rail services in the Clydesdale area.

Aileen has been working with the Clydesdale Rail Users Action Group and others to promote better rail links in the area, and has cited the new Scotrail franchise due to come into force in 2014 as a possible focus for campaigning.

In her letter to Keith Brown, Aileen has emphasised his experience as MSP for the Ochil constituency, where the reopened Alloa line has delivered major transport benefits for the local population, and suggested similar benefits could be felt in her region.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"Clearly the first priority for the new Transport Minister is getting Scotland moving and making sure our transport infrastructure can handle the ongoing severe weather conditions.

"I wanted to take the opportunity to bring him up to speed on the work that’s being done in the Clydesdale area and elsewhere in the South of Scotland to show how better rail services can have wide economic and social benefits.

"With a new franchise due in the next few years, and a new timetable linking Glasgow and Edinburgh via Carstairs, there are definitely opportunities to ensure more people locally have access to a frequent and reliable rail service."

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