Dundee’s brand new railway station has attracted thousands of extra visitors since opening earlier this month, according to ScotRail.
In all, the number of ScotRail passengers travelling to and from Dundee increased by 16% in the period from July 9-29.
It’s a rise of approximately 16,000 passengers on the same period last year.
While 2018’s passenger numbers have been buoyed by The Open in Carnoustie, railway bosses say it is not the only factor in play.
A ScotRail spokesman said the firm believes that a quarter of the additional passengers were visiting Dundee for reasons other than golf – about 4,000 in total.
The spokesman added: “There has been a significant boost in customer numbers since the new station opened, which is great news.”
The figures do not include those using other railway services such as the Caledonian Sleeper or LNER, formerly Virgin Trains East Coast. The £38 million railway station entrance was opened on July 9 by local MSP and public health minister Joe FitzPatrick.
Dundee City Council city development chief Mike Galloway hailed the station as one of the “major landmarks in the city’s regeneration”. Council bosses made sure the station was in operation ahead of The Open, to give tourists a positive impression of Dundee from the moment they arrived by rail.