Network Rail are sending letters to residents close to the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line explaining preliminary site investigation works for the £170 million upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line. These works will also facilitate the re-opening of a rail station in Kintore, expected in 2019.
“Although some of this work can be carried out during daytime hours,” Network Rail say in the letter sent to householders, “it will be necessary for some of the work to be undertaken during nightshifts when there are no trains running.”
- Day Shift – 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours (Monday to Saturday)
- Night Shift – 23:00 hours to 07:00 hours (Saturday to Thursday)
Work will start this Saturday in Aberdeen on the section between Kittybrewster and St Machar Road, but will then spread out to other sections of line.
There is no word yet on when work will start in the Kintore area. The letter simply says:
“I cannot confirm the exact date our contractors will be in the vicinity of your property, however please note that it will not have a continuous effect at any one location over this time period. The work locations will move frequently and some locations may receive several visits.
“During site investigation we collect ground samples from boreholes, rock cores and excavations. The information collected is an important part of the process when designing railway improvements.
“This work will take place at existing railway bridges crossing the railway line at both track and bridge level and at various other locations along the railway corridor. We will be using a variety of equipment which will include track mounted equipment, drilling rigs, hand held drills and jack hammers.
“These works are vital to the running of a safe railway, and are carried out while trains are not running to reduce the risks to our staff and contractors. We are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a lot of our improvements during the night and at weekends.”
“The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise. Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community.”
“As the programme of works develops along the route we will be putting in place communication activities designed to keep communities fully informed of the works. I am looking to hold a series of community events throughout March 2016 and will write to you again with further details of the dates and locations.”
Network Rail have organised a series of public drop in events in Dyce, Kintore and Inverurie:Dyce
Wednesday 23 March
Marriott Hotel, Overton Cir, Aberdeen AB21 7AZKintore
Tuesday 29 March
Kintore Parish Church of Scotland, Kintore, AB51 0UDInverurie
Wednesday 30 March
The Acorn Centre, Inverurie West Church, W High St, Inverurie, AB51 3SA
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