Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement project makes way for two new stations.
The Aberdeen – Inverness Improvement Project Phase 1 was a Scottish Government funded project to upgrade the railway infrastructure which commissioned August 20th 2019.
Over 10 miles of new rail was laid across more than 41,000 sleepers as part of the work, which has also saw signalling upgraded and 19 bridges on the line either refurbished or replaced. This worked allowed for the delivery of enhanced commuter services into each city and provided capacity for the construction of two new stations. Kintore opened October 2020 and Inverness Airport is due to open in 2022.
Key phase 1 improvements included
- The redoubling of the track between Aberdeen and Inverurie
- Signalling enhancements between Nairn and Elgin
- Platform extensions at Insch and Elgin
- The relocation of Forres station
- Loop extension of the track at Forres.
Kintore station -re-opened on Scotland’s Railway after an absence of 56 years.
Funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, the £15 million station was built by Network Rail and has fully accessible, step-free access between platforms via a footbridge with lifts.
The station, which will be managed by ScotRail, has the largest electric vehicle charging location in the north east of Scotland, with 24 of the 168 spaces at the new transport hub fitted with charging points.
Network Rail worked closely with Aberdeenshire Council to provide an interchange, with bus links, bicycle storage facilities and integration with the A96 cycle path.
Inverness Airport Train Station
The Inverness Airport Train Station project is due to commence summer 2021 and finishing December 2022. It will have,
- An unstaffed, two platform station (with step-free access via footbridge with lifts) adjacent to Inverness Airport
- 64 carparking spaces including 10 electric charging facilities and 4 disabled spaces and cycle parking.
- Capability for bus parking facilities
- There will be waiting shelters, seating, ticket machines, help points and CCTV.
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