Chance for public to see plans for new rail station in North-east town

Plans for the new station will be unveiled on Wednesday.
Plans for the new station will be unveiled on Wednesday.

The public are to have the chance to see proposals for a new railway station in a North-east town ahead of a formal planning application being submitted.

The exhibition will be held on Wednesday in Kintore, giving members of the public and stakeholders the opportunity to drop-in and find out more about the project.

The station scheme, which is jointly funded by Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans and the Scottish Stations Fund, with support from Network Rail, will see the construction of new station platforms, lifts/overbridge, passenger waiting shelters, a new access road, a 160-space car park, a pedestrian and cycle path and secure cycle parking facilities.

Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of Nestrans, deputy leader of Aberdeenshire Council and chairman of its infrastructure services committee, said: “The supporting infrastructure at Kintore plays an important role in making the station an accessible, secure and welcoming facility.

“This is key in making rail travel an attractive option for users and offers them a smooth transfer between different services and modes.”

Aberdeenshire Council and Network Rail will be on hand to answer questions and discuss concerns with the public. The project has received the backing of Kintore Community Council.

Community council member Ken McEwan said: “This exhibition has created a lot of interest in the project.

“The community council is very behind the project, as is the wider community. The main objective of the exhibition is to show people what the plans for the station are.

“Concerns have been raised by the community about things like the station car park and whether there is enough space so the exhibition is a great opportunity to put people’s concerns at ease. We’re very keen to see the project move forward.”

The exhibition will run from 3pm to 8pm at The Bothie in Allandale Gardens.