A new railway station is set to be constructed in Scotland, better connecting Inverness Airport into the regional transport network, after the Highland Council unanimously granted the proposal planning approval.
The plans will see the construction of a new two-platform station on the Aberdeen-Inverness line, adjacent to Inverness Airport.
Step-free access via a footbridge with lifts will be installed at the station, alongside a 64-car parking site, including 10 electric vehicle charging facilities, four disabled spaces and cycle parking.
Safety on the line is also expected to improve as a result of the works, due to the closing of a nearby level crossing at Petty.
Following extensive community engagement, the planning application for the new Inverness Airport station was submitted in December 2020.
Construction of the new station is hoped to support the delivery of further investment, regeneration and economic development to the local region, as well as improving transport connectivity in and around the airport, providing new options for travellers and regional business.
Scottish Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, said: “The Scottish Government has committed around £14m towards this key new station and this is another significant step towards delivery of this important project.
“By providing this kind of sustainable travel interchange, we can bring real benefits to the region by making Inverness Airport more accessible for passengers and staff alike.
“It will also deliver sustainable travel links to the growing Inverness Airport Business Park and the new town of Tornagrain at a time when we continue to pursue a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Graeme Stewart, Network Rail’s sponsor for Inverness Airport station project, added: “We are pleased Highland Council has advised that this project can move forward. It is an exciting development that has the potential to transform travel options to the airport and the local community it will serve.
“The new Inverness Airport station will allow easier access and improved connectivity for passengers and this a significant milestone in the progression of the project.
“Now that we have clarity on the planning decision, we can move to get on-site as quickly as possible and work with our partners to deliver this new station for our customers and the wider community.”