A long-awaited new train station in Aberdeenshire is due to open in two months time, after its construction was delayed due to the pandemic.
Construction on the £14.5 million Kintore station was paused during lockdown, but with the loosening of restrictions in recent months, work has re-commenced and now Transport Scotland believes the new facility will be ready by October – if all goes to plan.
A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “The opening of the new station at Kintore was delayed as a result of Covid-9.
“However, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, work has re-started with appropriate safety measures and physical distancing in place.
“Network Rail and its principal contractor, Bam, are making good progress with the project.
“Final details of the opening plans will be confirmed in due course, but it’s expected to be well in advance of the December 2020 timetable change date.”
East Garioch councillor Martin Ford said: “I am delighted that work on the new Kintore station is now progressing to completion.
“Confirmation that the station will open as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the December timetable change, is also good news.
“I very much look forward to the station opening – only weeks from now.
“The station will provide an excellent and convenient public transport option for residents of Kintore and the surrounding area.
“With all trains between Inverurie and Aberdeen planned to call at Kintore, there will be a frequent and fast service to Aberdeen in particular.”