The Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, got the opportunity to see one of the ground drilling rigs which will take on geological investigations which will provide vital information and lead to the development of proposals to improve the railway between Aberdeen and the Central Belt.
Mr Dey also took the opportunity to learn more about the next phase of the works taking place which will commence next month with the project team, who are a partnership of Network Rail and Siemens.
The vital project is part of an ongoing investment into Scotland’s Railway to bring improved connectivity for the region, which will create reduced journey times for passengers with some trips saving more than 20 minutes for passengers. The huge project is being funded by the Scottish Government and the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
Transport Minister Graeme Dey, said: “This project is vital for Aberdeen and the wider North East region, so I was delighted to be able to come along to meet the team that will be carrying out this work and understand the importance the investigatory work will have to inform the design. It’s great to hear that some of the work including ecology surveys is already underway.
“Scotland’s Railway is an integral part of Scotland’s social and economic infrastructure and this project will be supporting communities, businesses and the environment in the North East.
“Improved capacity and faster services will be great for passengers, but the scheme will also deliver improved capabilities for freight services enabling further growth in this important sector.”
“I was really pleased to hear that the site and ground investigation work is being carried out in a way that it will inform both the enhancements projects and the future electrification scheme, delivering efficiencies for both. This is great to hear given our commitment to decarbonising the passenger railway in Scotland by 2035. I look forward to returning to see the team in the near future.”
Matthew Spence, director of route business development and sponsorship for Scotland’s Railway, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Mr Dey along to meet the team at this important milestone. The works that are due to commence will not only improve passenger and freight services, but importantly support the delivery of our ambitious plans to decarbonise passenger rail services by 2035.”
Warrick Dent, safety and operations director for LNER, said: “Aberdeen is a very popular part of LNER’s route, so it’s exciting to see work getting underway aimed at improving journey times. We share and support the Scottish Government’s commitment to decarbonisation, as do many of our customers, and we look forward to this important work progressing.”
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