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Aberdeen residents to face 11 weeks of disruption during rail works

A stretch of the Hanover-Waterloo line near Powis

Residents in an Aberdeen community will face more than 11 weeks of disruption due to railway works.

Network Rail has announced plans to renew tracks in Aberdeen from September 22 until December 8.

The transport body is looking to upgrade the track of the Hanover-Waterloo line in the Granite City.

The rail route might not be well-known to travellers as the line doesn’t carry any passengers.

It is a stretch of freight railway that links Waterloo Quay into the rail network before branching off from the passenger railway at Kittybrewster in the Granite City.

The line runs through a number of city neighbourhoods including the Beach Boulevard, King Street, Mounthooly and Kittybrewster.

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Network Rail has apologised to properties that will be affected by the work.

Letters sent to residents beside the line have warned of overnight works using generators that could make an impact.

Evelyn Brown, community relations manager for Scotland who sent the letter, said: “Although this work is essential. I would like to apologise in advance for any disturbance it may cause you.

“This work will involve renewing 2,384 yards of track and railway components on the Hanover-Waterloo line.

“Unfortunately, the equipment we use – in this case engineering trains on the track, plans and generators – means that some noise is unavoidable.

“We will do all we can to minimise it and we have also asked those working on site to work with consideration for the local community.”

The work is scheduled to take place 24 hours a day, according to correspondence sent to city properties.

The letter continues: “We understand working by your property at night and at weekends is far from ideal, but we are legally obliged to work on the railway at times that cause least disruption to trains.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Renewing track is vital to the running of freight trains on the route and is part of our multi-million-pound investment in Aberdeen’s rail infrastructure. We understand the inconvenience this work may cause.”