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No date in sight for transport project completions


By David Porter

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The completion date for Kintore's new railway station remains an unknown councillors will be told this week.

Councillors will hear this week that there is no date as yet for the opening of Kintore station which was due to take place on May 17.
Councillors will hear this week that there is no date as yet for the opening of Kintore station which was due to take place on May 17.

An update report on transport projects in the north-east, including active cycling, electric vehicle charging point provision and infrastructure developments will be presented to members of the Infrastructure Services Committee on Thursday.

In the report it is explained that the contractors were on the verge of handing over the completed station element of the Kintore Railway project when the Covid 19 shutdown was ordered.

As such the site has had to be demobilised and the ongoing junction works temporarily halted.

The report notes that at present it is likely to take some time to remobilise the site once restrictions are lifted and this will cause a delay to the planned opening of the station, which was scheduled to have been on May 17.

Officers continue close liaison with Network Rail, their contractors BAM, and Transport Scotland over the projects completion and the introduction of new timetables on the rail network.

The project to appraise alternative options for providing step-free access to the far platform at Insch Station, supported by Local Rail Development Fund has seen the initial Case for Change report accepted by Transport Scotland, and this will enable submission of the initial options appraisal, work on which is substantially complete.

On the A96 Dualling, Transport Scotland have confirmed that due to the need to consider in detail the large volume of consultation responses to the revised route options, a preferred final proposed route option will not be announced until later in 2020.


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