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Numbers taking Falkirk trains still rising

Commuters prepare to board a train at Larbert Railway Station, one of the busiest in the district
Picture: Michael Gillen

Commuters prepare to board a train at Larbert Railway Station, one of the busiest in the district Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Nearly twice as many people are travelling by train than a generation ago, according to new figures.

With five stations in the area – Falkirk High and Grahamston, Larbert, Camelon and Polmont – there were over three million journeys made in 2011/12.

A new report by Falkirk Council reveals a “substantial growth” in rail travel in recent years, with an overall 11 per cent increase since 2006.

Larbert has seen the largest increase in station use with a 51 per cent rise in that period.

The number of journeys made to and from it have risen to 747,710, with 687,881 made at Polmont, 104,505 at Camelon and almost 1.5 million at both Falkirk stations.

Across Scotland it is a similar story with a 33 per cent increase in passenger journeys since 2004, the figure over 83 million at the last count.

Councillor Craig R. Martin, transport spokesperson, said it was “encouraging” to see more people choosing to use public transport.

He said: “This justifies the investment we have put in to our stations in the area over the last three years. The new 244 space car park at Larbert has made a massive difference to people.

“Our Take the Right Route campaign which encourages people to use public transport has expanded into the Camelon area and is reflected in the large rise in numbers of people travelling from there.”

An additional 50 car parking spaces have been provided at Falkirk High with 58 more planned, and 100 have been added at Polmont.

However, both car parks fill up early in the day leading to on-street parking.

In the council’s emerging Local Development Plan land is currently safeguarded for rail station sites at Bonnybridge and Grangemouth.

 

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