Boost for new rail station at Kintore
The offer made will increase the proposed Scottish Government contribution to 60%, up from 50%, with the remainder of funding to be provided by the scheme promoters Aberdeenshire Council and North East Regional Transport Partnership (Nestrans).
This additional investment reaffirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in Scotland`s railways, ensuring that more people are able to access the rail network and take the train.
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said:
“We are strong supporters of expanding Scotland’s rail network, having added 13 new stations to the network across the country since 2007, and with more in the pipeline.
“We have listened to calls from passengers and our regional transport promoters in the north east for a new stop at Kintore, and have answered them resoundingly.
“The track infrastructure required to support the new station is already being delivered through the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvements project. And now I’m delighted to announce that in order to help delivery of the station facility, and enable the promoters to get it built, we are increasing our funding share to £7.3 million which is 60% of the estimated construction costs.
“Passengers deserve rail services that better connect communities and support sustainable, inclusive economic growth and jobs across the country. That is why we are pumping £5 billion of funding for infrastructure and services to 2019, including a transformative £1.8 billion on enhancements to the rail network. More funding for a new station at Kintore underlines our commitment and will give communities in the Kintore area more opportunities to connect to Scotland’s rail network.”