North east politicians have responded with dismay to the news that Fraserburgh and Peterhead have become the Scottish towns most isolated from the national rail network.
The opening of a Borders service has created new links between the Scottish central belt and such towns as Galashiels and Hawick.
But while they look set to benefit, there has been no response so far to public calls for similar investment in the north east's rail service.
At the moment, Fraserburgh and Peterhead are, respectively, 40 and 30 miles away from any station.
And that has prompted Aberdeenshire councillors to express their frustration at how these, and other, communities are suffering because of a lack of transport infrastructure.
The SNP's Stephen Smith, who represents Peterhead South and Cruden, told STV there was plenty of evidence to support the creation of a new rail network.
He said: “The Borders Railway is set to be a great success and make the region more attractive to live and work.
“We suffer from a shortage of teachers, doctors and other professionals because the north east is seen as being “remote”, despite the excellent quality of life here.
"I’m in no doubt that re-establishing a rail link to Buchan would help us to attract people to fill these vacancies.
“That’s quite apart from the huge benefits a direct rail link to Aberdeen and beyond would provide for local people who would be able to make their journey to the city centre in minutes."
The Scottish Green Party's Martin Ford, meanwhile, said he had detected a growing level of support for the proposals.
He said: "The Dyce to Ellon line is only 14 miles long, but it could form an important part of any future developments.
"We've already seen other services open across Scotland, such as Stirling to Alloa, and Bathgate to Edinburgh, and these all had a beneficial effect on their communities.
"There is no doubt we need better public transport to cut road congestion and the emissions which are causing climate change."
Councilllor Smith added: “There’s currently a study into transport links north of Aberdeen going on and the feasibility of a rail link is one of the things being looked at.
"The feedback from the public to date is that a rail link is something which would be popular and well-used.”