East Garioch councillor Martin Ford has welcomed the submission of a funding bid for Kintore Station to the Scottish Stations Fund (SSF).
The application to the SSF has been submitted by Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans.
Cllr Ford said: “While there are various decisions and steps still needed to see a station opened in Kintore the funding bid is a key requirement.
“It was always expected the SSF would be an essential element in assembling the total funding package. The Scottish Government has signalled its support for a station at Kintore, while the rail industry is planning the works for upgrading the Aberdeen–Inverness line on the basis of a station being open at Kintore by the end of 2018.”