Charging point provision welcomed
Local councillor Glen Reid has welcomed confirmation that the new train station at Kintore will be the site of the largest electrical vehicle charging site in Aberdeenshire.
As councillor Reid said on Thursday: "I was delighted yesterday to attend a site visit and see the progress at the new Kintore Train Station, which will be transformational for the town and surrounding area once it opens on the 17th of May this year.
"At Infrastructure Services committee, I pressed for electric vehicle charging bays to be built at the station, as they are essential, and there is currently no public provision within the town.
"I can confirm that there will be 24 electric vehicle charging bays at the new station, more than at any other location within Aberdeenshire."
Looking to the local community and engaging with the construction firms he said: "At the site visit, I pressed again for an open day, prior to the actual opening, to allow groups and individuals with specific needs the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the station.
"I also pressed again for the current site defibrillator to be retained after construction and sited at the station to widen the coverage within the town. Network Rail and BAM are looking at both of these repeated requests positively and will revert to me.
"The station will also have 168 parking spaces, 48 bicycle lock spaces, a transport interchange for buses, thus removing the need for them to inconveniently park on Northern Road and a separate pedestrian entrance.
"I also sought assurances over the volume of trains which will stop at the station and have be reassured that all the local trains servicing Inverurie to Montrose on the new cross rail service and almost all of the national trains will stop.
"I personally can’t wait to use this great new facility."