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Kintore station could reopen in 2019 under new plans

Kintore station could reopen in 2019 under new plans

It hasn't exactly been full steam ahead for Kintore railway station.

After falling victim to a major restructuring of the rail network in the 1960s, known as Beeching cuts, the Aberdeenshire community has been fighting a long campaign for the amenity to be reopened.

But it is only now, nearly a decade after the idea was first proposed, that officials have confirmed the scheme may come to fruition in 2019.

Aberdeenshire Council's head of transportation, Ewan Wallace, is hopeful that a planning application for the new station will be submitted next spring.

And Green councillor Martin Ford is among those who believe the proposal will have significant benefits for Kintore and other north east towns.

  (Kintore.org)
via STV via STV

Mr Wallace said: "A commission is currently being considered to employ Network Rail to draw up the details of the design for the railside facilities.

"This would mean the full detail of the scheme, including cost estimates, would be in place early next year, to allow bids to be finalised."

  (Kintore)
via STV via STV

Cllr Ford has been a long-time supporter of the proposal.

He said: "The intention is to have a new Kintore station in place and ready to come into use in the spring of 2019, when the wider upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line is due for completion.

"I am optimistic the planned opening date can be met."

STV has contacted the region's transport authority Nestrans for further details.

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