Aberdeen’s historic railway station will be revamped to the tune of £9million.
Work has begun as part of a 12-month programme to upgrade and replace the station’s glass roof.
The current roof has been severely affected by damp, dirt and corrosion in previous years.
Transport bosses have now made the decision to replace the grade a-listed roof with structure similar to those implemented at Haymarket and Stirling stations.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said the work would benefit local people.
He said: “With major investment and upgrades to the Aberdeen to Inverness rail route and improvements to services from the central belt, our city needs to have a station that is fit for purpose and prepared to cope with growing travel demands.
“I’ve had constituents contact me who are very keen to see upgrades as soon as possible to the roof and sheltered areas, and I will be delighted to confirm to them the work has now started.
“These works are a welcome improvement for the station which a lot of commuters and passengers will benefit from.”
Michael McArthur, Network Rail project manager, said, “Stations are at the heart of communities as well as being an important part of the overall experience of travelling on our railway.
“Their appearance and condition should reflect this important role.
“Investing in Aberdeen station will protect and preserve the building’s unique appearance and character while at the same time helping deliver a brighter more comfortable station environment.
“On a practical level, this investment will also make it easier for us to clean and maintain the station in the future and ensure that it remains a welcoming space for our customers joining the rail network.”
Work will be completed by late 2019 and there will be no disruption to train services during the renovation period.