Kintore station hopes fade
28/01/11 09:46 Filed in: News
Why on earth does it take so long for anything to happen in this country? The re-opening of a rail station in Kintore has been on the cards for ten years and more. It featured in the NESTRANS
plans with an opening date of 2009
. Now, as we embark on 2011 it seems further away than ever.
The problem now seems to be Network Rail. Today’s Press and Journal
says a report to Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee says: “From discussions held with Network Rail it would appear they do not favour the early construction of a single platform station at Kintore”.
When you go on to read that the projected cost of the single platform station is £6.1 million and a double platform station £18.7 million, then you can maybe understand why.
I have said it before, but I cannot understand how public projects in this country end up with so many extra zeros on the end of the bill. Is it because we over-complicate things? Or is it because there are armies of consultants, advisers and keepers-of-red-tape who get involved in everything we do these days?
Let’s get back to basics. A station at Kintore needs a platform (that is a raised bit of ground to get on and off the train), a shelter (for when it rains or snows) and a car park.
Yes, I know that is an over-simplification. But, looked at that way, I cannot imagine how the price can be inflated to £6.1 to £18.7 million!
Could the men from network rail please go to Switzerland where they will see a rail network that runs like a Swiss clock, with – in rural areas – what is often (tunnels excepted!) much simpler and less-expensive infrastructure.
When they come back can they please implement what they saw and build our long-overdue station!