Key milestone looms for proposed station

Cllr Martin Ford with the site identified for the proposed Kintore station behind him
Cllr Martin Ford with the site identified for the proposed Kintore station behind him

The Garioch Area Committee will discuss a funding bid to the Scottish Stations Fund for the proposed station at Kintore when they meet next week.

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford is delighted with the move as he has been campaigning for a new station at Kintore for many years.

He said: “Assembling the funding package to enable a Kintore station to be built is clearly an essential step towards delivering that goal. And an application to the Scottish Stations Fund has always been seen as a key element in the expected overall funding mix.”

The report to the Garioch Area Committee next Tuesday (May 31) highlights the strength of the business case for building a station at Kintore.

Cllr Ford added: “There is a very strong case for prioritising the proposed Kintore station for funding.

“All the investigative studies have concluded a station at Kintore will be well used, with a good benefit:cost ratio.

“A station at Kintore looks like a sound investment and good value for money.”

Cllr Ford has also welcomed some new and updated information relating to the planned delivery of the new station.

“In the emerging timetable, it looks like there will be 3–4 trains per hour serving Kintore,” he said.

“And to fit with the overall construction strategy for the upgrading works being undertaken along the line, the planned opening date for the new station at Kintore has been brought forward slightly,from March 2019 to December 2018. This is certainly good news.”