Plans to reinstate Kintore railway station are on track, Nestrans board members were told yesterday.
Plans to reopen the station after 50 years have been tabled by Aberdeenshire Council, Network Rail, and Nestrans.
And yesterday the Nestrans board were given a progress report on the scheme, which has been described as “key” to delivering the upgraded Aberdeen to Inverness rail route.
Addressing the committee, officer Paul Finch said: “The Aberdeen to Inverness project recognises the importance of Kintore but doesn’t fund the upgrades themselves.
“A business case is being prepared which demonstrates a very real case for investing. It would be a very attractive investment for the industry.”
And vice-chairman Peter Argyle added: “Kintore station has always been a hugely important project. We need to make sure the pace is maintained, particularly from the financial side.”
The station – which will be located off the village’s Northern Road – is likely to be funded by the Scottish Stations Investment Fund if an application is successful.
Work is expected to be completed by early 2019.
The village’s rail station was closed in 1964 after serving for years as a junction between the now-defunct Alford line and Aberdeen.