THE announcement of a £170 million investment in the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line will bring a package of improvements that will benefit transport links for Inverurie, Insch and Kintore.
The Scottish Government officially announced the investment on Monday (March 31), as part of Network Rail Scotland’s £5 billion, five year investment in rail infrastructure across Scotland. As part of the broader plans, the investment will see the redoubling of track between Aberdeen and Inverurie, allowing increased services; a platform extension at Insch, which will allow the station to accommodate six-car trains, and infrastructure improvements which will allow for the construction of the long-awaited station in Kintore.
Commenting on the announcement, First Minister and Gordon MSP Alex Salmond said, “This investment of £170 million over five years will bring a series of major improvements to passengers from Inverurie. The redoubling of the track will allow much greater capacity to run services.
“Passenger numbers using Inverurie station have grown exponentially in recent years. There is clearly demand for more services to the city and further afield.
“Wi-Fi available on all carriages really brings commuting by train in the north east into the 21st Century. I am also hopeful that opening the Kintore station in the coming years will also ease traffic on the A96.”
David Dickson, Network Rail acting route managing director for Scotland, said, “Increasing capacity across the network and offering passengers a wider range of services is a key priority for Network Rail and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government to deliver this much-needed enhancement of the line.”
Network Rail’s five-year delivery plan (known as CP5), will cover the period from April 1 April 2014 to March 31 2019 is designed to improve ageing infrastructure and reduce running costs.