Network Rail are committing to further station developments in Scotland as there are planned closures to the new £14m station at Inverness Airport, to accommodate construction works.
The station will be closed this coming weekend from Friday night until Monday morning, with planned 54 hours of works to be conducted. Due to the nature of the development works, they cannot be undertaken safely whilst the railway is operational with live rolling stock traffics.
Over the coming weekend engineers will see the demolition of the masonry road bridge situated at the east of the station, drainage installation, platform works and welding of the double-track section. The project is set to be completed throughout the year with a scheduled delivery for December 2022. The completed station works will see the delivery of two platforms connecting to the Aberdeen-Inverness line with step-free access, via a footbridge with lifts.
Passenger accessibility has been a key component in the plans for the station’s development since the project’s inception in October 2021. This is shown via the inclusion of 64 car parking spaces with 10 electric charging facilities, four disabled spaces and cycle parking. An access road will also be integrated for motorists as well as access to both platforms for pedestrians and cyclists.
Due to the upcoming closure, bus replacement services will be in place between Inverness and Nairn and Inverness and Elgin on Saturday and between Inverness and Nairn on Sunday.
David Millar, Project Manager for Network Rail said:
“The construction of Inverness Airport Station continues to gather momentum and this weekend marks a significant point in the project. The removal of the old masonry arch bridge and connecting the passing loop are both important milestones in the delivery of the new station.
“We apologise for any inconvenience while the line is closed this weekend both to those intending to travel and to anyone who lives close to the site where we will be working continuously from Friday night until Monday morning.
“We appreciate your patience while we deliver this important addition to the area’s transport infrastructure.”
Inverness Airport station will deliver improved travel links to the growing Inverness Airport Business Park and the new town of Tornagrain.
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