Councillor welcomes progress on station

The old railway platform at Kintore
The old railway platform at Kintore

Aberdeenshire Green councillor Martin Ford has welcomed news on progress towards delivering the long awaited railway station in Kintore.

East Garioch Councillor Ford wrote to officials asking to be updated on progress on October 9, and has received a letter from Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services outlining current developments and a concept design drawing for the proposed station.

Aberdeenshire Council met witth Network Rail and have indicated that track from Inverurie to Aberdeen will most likely be doubled to achieve a 30 minute frequency for trains. Terms have also been met for the “road-side” development of the station with the landowner.

Commenting, Cllr Ford said: “The proposal for a new station at Kintore has been under discussion for well over 20 years, so it has been a long wait. It is very welcome to see detailed design proposals emerging at last.

“I note the confirmation that it is expected double track will be required throughout between Aberdeen and Inverurie, with the possible exception of Hutcheon Street tunnel in Aberdeen. When work was done a few years ago to increase clearances to allow larger containers to travel by train to the North-east, the track in Hutcheon Street tunnel was moved to the middle of the tunnel to give more headroom. Given the commitment to maintaining the larger gauge clearance, double track in the tunnel may be impractical.

“I realise, of course, that much further discussion and negotiation will have to take place between the various interested parties, including the new ScotRail franchise-holder, Abellio, and others in the rail industry. I note too the steps being taken to secure the site.

“I shall continue to press for the new station to be built as soon as it can be, once the required alterations to the track itself allow.”

Funding of £170 million has been allocated for the work.