Long-standing plans to have an integrated transport hub in the centre of Inverurie could be back on track.
It follows the decision by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to give consent to sell the disused rail yard next to the town’s busy railway station.
The old freight site is under the control of Network Rail and could now be available for Aberdeenshire Council to purchase, meaning that plans to have an integrated transport hub may finally be able to move ahead.
The proposals for the freight yard include a significant increase in parking capacity plus provision for bus stances outside the current station building, with properly integrated footpaths and facilities for cyclists.
First Minister and East Aberdeenshire MSP Alex Salmond welcomed the news saying: “This is significant progress and it is imperative that we keep the momentum going to deliver what is a vital project in terms of local infrastructure – one which has such significant support from residents and businesses alike.”
Judy Mitchell, of Mitchell’s ‘The Dairy’ in Inverurie’s Market Place, commented: “Inverurie’s retailers would welcome further input into the process to make sure we can fully benefit and not just turn the town centre into a commuters’ car park.”