Plans for a major rail project have taken another step forward as part of a bid to improve the Aberdeen to Inverness line.
A planning application for the Pitmedden Road level crossing in Dyce was approved by Aberdeen City Council.
Network Rail had lodged the plans for the Pitmedden Road site to close the current crossing.
The operator is currently carrying out work for the double tracking of the Aberdeen to Inverness line, in a bid to increase the number of trains on the route.
The work at Pitmedden Road will see the site developed into an operational railway, with signalling and fencing installed, south of the Pitmedden Station House.
Currently, it is only used for farm access.
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The first phase of Network Rail’s Aberdeen to Inverness improvement works are on track to be finished in August. Supporting statements provided by Network Rail alongside the application said: “Pitmedden level crossing is required to be closed to facilitate the double tracking of this section of the railway. The level crossing is no longer required to serve the Station House as Network Rail have now acquired this property.
“In addition to the closure of the level crossing in this location it is proposed to change the use of a small section of vacant ground that is located between the railway and Pitmedden Road immediately to the east of the crossing. This is to allow the installation of fencing and a small signalling equipment building required associated with the upgrading of the signalling of the railway.”
Daniel Lewis, development management manager at Aberdeen City Council, said: “The essential infrastructure cannot be located elsewhere and is nonetheless of an appropriate scale and design such that it would preserve the character and setting of the green belt.”
Aberdeen International Airport was consulted on the application, due to safeguarding criteria around the site.
It was determined that Network Rail’s plans did not infringe on this.