East Garioch councillor Nan Cullinane has welcomed news from Network Rail that work on the long awaited Kintore Railway Station will begin on Monday, November 24.
Kintore residents, including councillor Cullinane, have received letters from Network Rail advising that the site investigations will begin on November 24 and last until March 31, 2015, and may include night-time noise.
Despite the warning of noise disruption, councillor Cullinane is has welcomed the news.
“I welcome the work as it is vital that the railway line is fit for purpose, and fit for a better rail service.
“Of course night-time working is less welcome but I accept that some of the work can only be done when trains are not running.”
Network Rail stated that they will be carrying out vegetation clearance, drilling boreholes, undertaking core extractions and making trial holes.
The work will take place at railway bridges and at locations along the track.
The letter adds: “The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.”
The notice comes shortly after draft plans of the new station at Kintore were revealed.
Aberdeenshire Council has been working with North East transport partnership Nestrans in drawing up preliminary designs, which would include an access road, car parking and bus stances adjacent to the platform.
The council is now seeking to buy the land which will be needed. It is expected that the station would open in 2019.
Councillor Cullinane added: “It is very reassuring to see work taking place, and I look forward to the day I can take the train to Aberdeen!”