Call for Government action on Kintore station

Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has been urged to give the go ahead for the opening of a rail station at Kintore.

The call has been made by East Garioch Green councillor Martin Ford, who has written to the minister.

His letter was partly prompted by the high level of local demand for a station evident during the recent council elections. The other reason for the move is the work currently being undertaken on costings for the proposed upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

Councillor Ford said: “While calling round during the council elections, the need for a station in Kintore was raised at door after door. Many people just cannot understand why the Scottish Government didn’t give the go-ahead for a station at Kintore years ago. Kintore is, after all, larger than Laurencekirk - where the new station has been a great success.”

In his letter, Councillor Ford says: “I understand that detailed information on improving the service and infrastructure on the Aberdeen to Inverness line is due to be produced this month. I believe this should provide a basis for deciding to take forward the proposal for a station at Kintore as part of the work on the Aberdeen to Inverness line.”

He concludes by asking Mr Brown to take an early decision. His letter says: “A station at Kintore has been under consideration for many years. I urge you to end what has been a very long wait by giving the go-ahead for a station at Kintore as soon as possible.”