The new station at Kintore, on the Aberdeen to Inverness line in Scotland, is taking shape after engineers installed the concrete shafts for its accessible footbridge.
The two ten-metre-tall, eight-ton structures were craned into position overnight so as not to disrupt traffic.
The new £14.5 million station, being constructed by Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall, will reconnect Kintore to the rail network for the first time in 56 years. The original station, which also acted as the junction with the Alford Valley branch line, was closed in 1964 and demolished. The branch to Alford had already closed to passengers at the end of 1949 and was finally shut to freight in 1965 and the track lifted.
Reopening the station was first proposed by Nestrans (North East of Scotland Transport Partnership) in 2009. It was later included in the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project, which includes re-doubling the line between Aberdeen and Inverurie and new stations at Kintore and Inverness Airport.
Funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, the new Kintore station will have step-free access between platforms through the new footbridge and lifts. Other facilities will include a 168-space car park, including spaces for electric vehicles and disabled parking, bike storage facilities and connections into the local bus network.
Kintore is due to enter service in May 2020 and all Aberdeen-Inverness trains will call at the station.
Graeme Stewart, Network Rail’s senior sponsor for the project, said: “The new Kintore station will reconnect the local community to the rail network for the first time in nearly six decades.
“The construction of the new station is progressing to plan and we look forward to delivering the facility – and the travel opportunities it creates – for customers.”
A fly-through video of how the station will look when it reopens in May 2020: