An Aberdeenshire railway station has reopened after being closed for 56 years.
The newly refurbished £14.5 million Kintore station has two platforms, 168 parking areas – 24 of which have electrical car charging ports – and bike storage, and is totally accessible.
Related to the native bus community, the station additionally hyperlinks into the Inverurie-Kintore cycle path.
The brand new station can be served by as much as 28 ScotRail trains every day – together with refurbished high-speed Inter7City trains.
Clients will profit from a half-hourly service at peak instances Monday to Saturday, and an hourly service on Sundays.
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Funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, the brand new station reconnects Kintore to rail for the primary time since 1964 when the unique 1854-built station closed as a part of the Beeching cuts.
Components of the unique station, together with heritage benches and salvaged indicators, have been reincorporated into the brand new facility.
Reopening Kintore has been made attainable by the lately accomplished Aberdeen-Inverness Enchancment Challenge which doubled the monitor between Aberdeen and Inverurie – growing capability for brand new passenger and freight providers on the route.
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Kris Kinnear, Community Rail Scotland’s capital supply director, mentioned: “We’re dedicated to working alongside the Scottish Authorities to open up our railway to as many communities as attainable throughout Scotland.
“This station will create new social and financial alternatives for individuals in Kintore and we’re happy to have been in a position to ship the brand new facility for the city.
“The north-east’s rail community has benefited from important funding during the last 5 years to extend capability and create extra versatile journeys for passengers.”
David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, mentioned: “It’s unbelievable to see trains name on the station for the primary time in nearly 60 years.
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“Clients in Kintore can now profit from a quick and frequent service to Aberdeen and Inverness, which can be transformational for the city and the encompassing space for years to come back.”
Nissar Mohammed, BAM Nuttall operations director rail, mentioned: “The opening of Kintore station is without doubt one of the ultimate items of the jigsaw puzzle for Community Rail and BAM in our efforts to remodel rail connectivity between Aberdeen and Inverness.
“Kintore station affords native commuters the possibility to journey in pace and luxury into Aberdeen in lower than 20 minutes and onwards to the remainder of the rail community.
“Alongside our work to twin the road between Aberdeen and Inverurie, this new station is the end result of over 5 years’ work to make rail the transport possibility of selection for individuals residing and dealing in north-east Scotland.
“I’m very pleased with BAM and the remainder of the ‘Scotland’s Railway’ workforce and I do know that rail prospects will profit from their work for years to come back.”