Network Rail addressed the Kintore and District Community Council meeting this week to give more detail about the current upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line.
They explained that currently work is only taking place overnight as they have an obligation to leave the tracks operational in day time. However this will change on May 4 when sections of the track will close completely until August 19.
During this time Network Rail’s contractors will build on the foundations that have been established during the current night work to re-establish a twin track railway line from Aberdeen to Inverurie.
There will be bus replacement services in operation as shown on the graphic below.
The Network Rail representative stressed that people using the bus replacement services should allow extra time to reach their destination as buses will be slower than the rail service.
For people in the Kintore area who want more information there will be drop-in sessions at Kintore Golf Club on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 25 from 4pm to 7pm each day.
Alternatively the Project Office is open to the public on the first Tuesday of each month from 4pm to 7pm (see the details on the graphic)
One of the biggest disruptions for Kintore will be the closure of the level crossing on the B977 Kintore to Hatton of Fintray road at Boat of Kintore. The level crossing will be closed on June 1 for 11 weeks, reopening on August 19.
The Network Rail representative said that they were well aware that this would be very disruptive and very difficult for Kintore Golf Club, but the closure was unavoidable. The crossing will be completely closed to vehicles (including emergency vehicles), bicycles and pedestrians.
The exception is that, in July they plan to have four weeks when there will be pedestrian access to cross.
In preparation for the closure, the Network Rail representative said that British Transport Police will be at the level crossing during April, speaking with level crossing users.
The Aberdeen inbound platform of the new Kintore Rail Station will have to be constructed during this period of closure of the railway line. See the information on the Kintore Rail Station published yesterday