Over a million pounds is being spent to support a brand new railway station at Kintore.
Aberdeenshire councillors on the Policy and Resources Committee agreed to make the significant investment towards the project to build a new station.
The station forms part of a major Scottish Government Transport Projects upgrade of the line between Aberdeen and Inverness.
Councillors agreed to the spend on Thursday, June 9, which will support a bid to the Scottish Stations Fund (SSF) and welcomed the contribution towards the development, described as “transformative” for the community.
It is estimated that a new station will cost in the region of £11 million, with the council and Nestrans submitting around 30% of the total cost.
It is hoped that the remaining balance will be secured from the SSF.
There is continued pressure on the Aberdeen to Inverurie growth corridor, not least in housing and development activity.
Increasing pressure on the existing rail infrastructure will only pile pressure on the route.
The proposed station on the north-western boundary of Kintore will include new double platforms with associated lifts and access requirements, waiting shelters, seating areas, parking and transport interchange facilities.
Land for the station and the associated interchange fall within the council’s Local Development Plan.
It is anticipated that the project, which will offer a sustainable travel choice, will have a positive transformational effect and build on an already established success rate in rail re-opening and station development.
Upgrading work to create a dual line linking the two cities and improved frequency with new rolling stock will be implemented by March 2019 in one of the biggest projects of its kind in the UK.
Committee chair Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “It is hard to overstate the importance of this new station for the communities of Kintore, Kemnay and parts of Inverurie. This investment shows a real commitment by Aberdeenshire Council to getting this important infrastructure development off the ground.”
Council co-leader Cllr Richard Thomson said: “It will have benefits for residents across Aberdeenshire and up-front investment demonstrates how important this really is.”
It is anticipated that, if supported by the SSF, a station would be delivered by December 2018.