Latest Rail News

12.02.13

Conon Bridge station open after 50 years

The new Conon Bridge station has been officially opened by transport minister Keith Brown. The £600,000 project has been completed on time and to budget and sees rail services return to the station for the first time since 1960. 

Network Rail has built a new 15 metre platform, waiting shelter, passenger information systems and cycle racks and lockers. The project was funded by Transport Scotland, HITRANS and the Highland Council.

Construction began in November 2012. The station will now be served by 13 trains per day to Inverness from Monday to Saturday, with 11 services running northbound Monday to Thursday.

Brown said: “Improving access to rail services is an important factor in encouraging people to use the train and I am delighted to be here today to launch a brand new station for the people of Conon Bridge.

“Instead of travelling to Dingwall, locals can now access trains into Inverness and beyond right here on their doorstep. This will be particularly beneficial during the major upgrade to the Kessock Bridge in coming months and I hope people will take advantage of this as an alternative to driving into Inverness during these works.”

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, added: “The delivery of the new station on-time, within budget and to such a tight timescale shows what can be achieved when organisations work together to deliver for passengers.

“The reopening of Conon Bridge has been a real team effort by the rail industry and local and central government, which will bring significant benefits for the people of Conon Bridge.”

Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail said: “This is a landmark day for the people of Conon Bridge who are once again, linked to the Scottish rail network.

“Having a station will make a big difference for local people and visitors alike, by providing a real alternative to the car.  The more we can encourage people to travel by train the better it is for the environment.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Gabriel Oaks   18/02/2013 at 08:18

"Conan Bridge station open after 50 years" Conon Bridge even.... It is still a much welcome reopening.

RTM   18/02/2013 at 11:15

Thanks for spotting the typo Gabriel, duly corrected.

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

24/04/2017Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released ... more >
London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

24/04/2017London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

London Midland has today launched a service that provides customers with an entertainment package featuring films, TV programmes, games and magaz... more >
Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

24/04/2017Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

Northern has announced its reduced timetable in preparation for industrial action that is set to go ahead this Friday, saying that 55 of its rout... more >

editor's comment

08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >

last word

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlin... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

11/04/2017Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

Customers pulling their hair out at constantly leaving their valuables on the train may be in luck, as an innovative new system may help them tra... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >