Aberdeen to Dyce train line to reopen next week

A section of the revamped line
A section of the revamped line

Months of bus replacement services for Aberdeen commuters are set to end next week as a rail route reopens.

Work aimed at boosting train journeys and reducing travel times by doubling the six miles of railway between Dyce and Aberdeen are set to be completed within days.

Network Rail has announced the route, which was closed in May, will reopen from Monday.

A replacement bus service has operated during the closure and the project, which was taking place over 14 weeks, is now nearing completion.

The rail body has told the Evening Express engineers have been working “around the clock” to upgrade the railway.

It is part of the ambitious programme of works to double track the line between Aberdeen and Inverness – funded by the Scottish Government.

More than 12 miles of new rails have been laid and the signalling system has been upgraded during the 14-week closure.

Five bridges between Aberdeen and Dyce have been refurbished as part of the latest works.

Work has seen 1,640 concrete blocks weighing more than 5,000 tonnes installed along the railway line at Kittybrewster, Woodside, Bucksburn and Stoneywood.

Engineering works are set to continue throughout the year, with bosses saying they shouldn’t have the same impact as the prolonged closure.

This includes drainage works and the installation of fencing between August to December, plus two weeks of tamping works to make the track more durable starting on August 27.

Tamping work involves sorting out any alignment issues.

Billy McKay, Network Rail senior programme manager, said: “Our engineers are working around the clock to complete this complex project and we remain on course to reopen the railway for customers on Monday.”

He added: “Over the last three months we’ve laid 12 miles of new rails as well as upgrading bridges along the route and installing new signalling systems.

“Once complete in 2019, the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project will deliver more seats on more frequent services – creating new work and leisure opportunities for local people.”

The railway line between Dyce and Inverurie is set to be doubled next year in August with a bus replacement service to be in place.