The railway station at Kintore in Scotland has reopened, after closing 56 years ago.
As a fully accessible step-free station, it provides an interchange between road and rail, with the two platforms connected via a footbridge and lifts
168 parking spaces are provided at the station built by Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall.
Electric charging points are fitted at 24 of the parking spaces, which makes the railway station at Kintore the largest electric vehicle charging location in the north-east of Scotland.
Up to 28 ScotRail trains a day will call at the new station, which was funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans.
Parts of the original station, including signs and benches, have been put in the new station, the original closed was built in 1854 and closed in 1964 as part of the Beeching cuts
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said: “We’re committed to working alongside the Scottish Government to open up our railway to as many communities as possible across Scotland.
“This station will create new social and economic opportunities for people in Kintore and we are pleased to have been able to deliver the new facility for the town.
“The north east’s rail network has benefited from significant investment over the last five years to increase capacity and create more flexible journeys for passengers.”
David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “It’s fantastic to see trains call at the station for the first time in almost 60 years.
“Customers in Kintore can now benefit from a fast and frequent service to Aberdeen and Inverness, which will be transformational for the town and the surrounding area for years to come.”
Nissar Mohammed, BAM Nuttall operations director rail, said: “The opening of Kintore Station is one of the final pieces of the jigsaw puzzle for Network Rail and BAM in our efforts to transform rail connectivity between Aberdeen and Inverness. Kintore Station offers local commuters the chance to travel in speed and comfort into Aberdeen in less than 20 minutes and onwards to the rest of the rail network.
“Alongside our work to dual the line between Aberdeen and Inverurie, this new station is the culmination of over five years work to make rail the transport option of choice for people living and working in North East Scotland. I’m very proud of BAM and the rest of the ‘Scotland’s Railway’ team and I know that rail customers will benefit from their work for years to come.”
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