TRANSPORT SCOTLAND HAS responded to a call from regional MSP Douglas Ross to look at creating a safe crossing for foot passengers over the A96 at Forres Station.
Mr Ross drew attention to the issue this week saying that the number of people living in the town who access the station over the busy trunk road had increased – as had the dangers they faced in getting to the station.
Now Transport Scotland has said that they will investigate a new crossing and have entered into talks with Network Rail about creating a new safe crossing while work is being undertaken to relocate the station.
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said that they had already spoken with Network Rail and their engineering consultants on the issue of a crossing, adding: “A further meeting involving ourselves, Network Rail and the Forres Community Council will be held next week to discuss the issue.”
Local councillor George Alexander said that it was an issue that has existed for many years during which there have been repeated calls for a save crossing to be created.
However, with the station relocation planned he said: “There is now more cause than ever to create this crossing – it would be the only safe way to cross that road.”