Aberdeen – Inverness Improvements

We’re upgrading the railway between Aberdeen and Inverness to improve connectivity, support more services and improve journey times.

The Aberdeen – Inverness Improvement Project is a Scottish Government funded project to upgrade the railway infrastructure between Aberdeen and Inverness.

The project, which will be delivered in phases, will provide incremental benefits throughout the life of the scheme. Phase one of the project is due for completion in 2019.

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What’s happening?

Phase one of the scheme aims to deliver enhanced commuter services into each city and to facilitate the capacity for new stations at Kintore and Inverness Airport.

The following works have already been completed between Inverness and Elgin:

  • signalling enhancements between Nairn and Elgin
  • platform extensions at Elgin
  • the relocation of Forres station
  • loop extension of the track at Forres

We are now concentrating on major engineering works to redouble the track between Aberdeen and Inverurie alongside signalling and infrastructure works along the route.

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What will it deliver?

Upon its completion in 2019, phase one will deliver:

  • Capacity for new stations at Kintore and Inverness Airport.
  • Hourly service between Inverness and Elgin.
  • Later last train from Inverness (in response to passenger demand).
  • Increased reliability and no detriment to journey time between Inverness and Aberdeen (even allowing for new station stops at Kintore and Inverness Airport).
  • Further enhancements to the December 2019 timetable once east end interventions are completed.
  • More through services to the central belt via Aberdeen.
  • Half hourly Aberdeen to Inverurie service – with more services in peak hours.
  • New Elgin to Aberdeen early morning and late evening services.
  • Extended platforms at Insch to support the introduction of longer High Speed Trains.

Image 1 - the project team welcome the first train at the newly relocated Forres station. Image 2 - demolition work begins on the Elgin West signal box as part of signal enhancements along the route.

Timeline

Programme updates and disruption

We're regulated to work in a way that minimises impact on train services.  This means that some of our work is required to be undertaken at night time.  It is also safer for our staff and contractors to deliver work when trains are not running.

Notification letters will be sent to affected residents but, wherever possible, we will provide the most up to date information regarding noisy or disruptive work on this web page and on Twitter.

From 5 - 6 May and 12 May - 20 August 2018 the project will close the line between Aberdeen and Dyce. Inverness-Aberdeen train services will terminate at Dyce where replacement buses will operate to Aberdeen.

A similar closure is planned for May - August 2019; the exact duration and dates of this closure as well as details of the replacement bus services will be confirmed by December 2018.

For more information about train services please visit National Rail Enquiries.

The blockade between Aberdeen and Dyce has safely and successfully been completed. Here is a summary of what was completed:

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Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the project, please contact our 24-hr Network Rail national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

You can also submit any questions or queries by email to aberdeeninverness@networkrail.co.uk.

For the latest information, you can follow us on Twitter @NetworkRailA2I