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Calls to ensure new housing scheme in Cove doesn’t conflict with railway station hopes

Stephen Flynn MP is keen to ensure new stations remain under consideration.
Stephen Flynn MP is keen to ensure new stations remain under consideration.

An Aberdeen politician has called for assurances a longed-for railway station will feature in plans for a major housing scheme on the outskirts of the city.

Property developer Stewart Milne Homes lodged proposals for 177 new homes in Cove last week.

The firm has earmarked land between Falklands Avenue and the railway line for the development.

But the site in question, known locally as “station fields”, is where locals are calling for a new Cove railway station to be built.

Aberdeen South MP Stephen Flynn has written to Aberdeen City Council asking for “assurances” that, when the application comes before elected members in due course, the potential railway station will factor in any decisions.

He said: “People in Cove were delighted when we secured funding to explore the possibility of a Cove platform, so I find it deeply concerning that there is no reference or consideration given to a rail stop within the development plan submitted.

“Before they steam ahead with any plans, we cannot forget that thousands of pounds has gone into assessing the viability of a Cove rail stop – we need assurances that this work will not be cast by the wayside.”

Last year transport secretary Michael Matheson said £80,000 would be given to north-east transport body Nestrans to explore the opening of new platforms at Cove, Altens and Newtonhill.

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