Kintore Station work halted
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Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that work on the station project at Kintore has stopped due to the coronavirus measures.
Aberdeenshire Council's Strategic Transport Office posted a notification to local councillors.
It stated: "As you may be aware the Kintore station project has been progressing through the national shutdown under UK guidance to Network Rail that construction should continue and that they – Network Rail were critical workers.
"Network Rail’s Board decided to halt and shut down all enhancement works on the railways, including Kintore Station.
"Bam Nuttall are making safe and preparing to secure the site and intended to be offsite as Saturday, March 28.
"The three-way traffic lights have been removed, any excavations remain guarded and signs and cones will remain in place."
The news came just a day after the station was announced as leading the way in encouraging greener commutes as additional Scottish Government funding had been secured to increase the number of electric charging bays at the station.
A total of 24 of the 168 spaces at the new transport hub will now be for electric vehicles – a massive increase on the two spaces originally planned for the facility.
The increase, which means 15 per cent of spaces are for greener vehicles, has been funded by Transport Scotland as part of the Government’s strategy to decarbonise rail travel by 2035.
The new station will also feature 12 accessible spaces, including two for electric vehicles.
The £14.5m station was on course to open in May this year– reconnecting Kintore to the rail network for the first time in five decades.
All Aberdeen-Inverness trains will call at the station, which is being built by Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall.