It’s full steam ahead for the north-east’s newest railway station after no objections were raised against the plans.
Network Rail wants to build two new platforms at Kintore – the first new station in the region since 2009.
The transport body submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council in April and has just received the verdict of the statutory consultees.
Bodies such as SEPA, Transport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council’s specialist teams are able to advise the local authority whether an application should be refused or granted.
If approved, the station would be built beside the B987 and Northern Road in the town.
Damian O’Reilly, civil engineer with Aberdeenshire Council’s transportation team, said: “Most of Kintore is within one mile of the train station, which is acceptable in terms of pedestrian and cycling accessibility. A footway is to be installed on the northern side of the B987 connecting to the existing network within Kintore.
“Bus services operate along the B987, linking the station to the centre of Kintore, Kemnay, Inverurie and Aberdeen with stops provided in the vicinity of the proposed station.
“Transportation is therefore satisfied with the sustainable travel accessibility. The team has no objection to the application.”
Kintore railway station, which was in operation for 110 years after opening in 1854, would be the first new rail station in the north-east since the £3 million Laurencekirk platforms opened nearly a decade ago.
Transport Scotland said it did not “advise against the granting of permission”, while SEPA said it had “no objection to the planning application on flood risk grounds”.
Currently, no member of the public has submitted a letter in favour or against the proposals by Network Rail. The closing date for the public is June 7.
Colin Clark, Scottish Conservative MP for Gordon, said: “It is great to see plans for the reopening of Kintore Railway Station progressing.
“I am not surprised to hear that there have been no objections from key consultees.
“This is a project that will be welcomed wholeheartedly by the local community.
“It will provide an economic boost for the area and a much needed improvement to local rail infrastructure here in the north-east.”