Work on creating an eagerly anticipated £14 million railway station in an Aberdeenshire village will soon resume.
Network Rail Scotland is restarting major construction projects across the country’s railway lines, following a three-month pause due to the pandemic.
The new Kintore station is being built as part of the “Aberdeen-Inverness improvement project” and will re-establish a rail link in the town for the first time in more than 50 years.
It was hoped the station would have opened in May – until building work stalled as lockdown restrictions were imposed.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “Efforts across Scotland’s railway have played a fundamental part in ensuring key workers are able to get to where they are needed during this pandemic.
“As we now make the transition through the ‘routemap to recovery’, it is important we step up work where we can.
“This will enable us safely to resume key projects such as the new Kintore station, bringing investment at a time when the supply chain and its workers need it most.”
During lockdown, Network Rail has completed a range of projects across Scotland.
These include laying new tracks and replacing bridges on the west coast mainline, improving drainage systems on the Highland mainline, and upgrading platforms, station roofs, level crossings and other infrastructure across the network.