"Progress" at Kintore station meeting

Today’s meeting with Transport Minister Stuart Stevenson about the re-opening of Kintore rail station, was described as having made progress.

“Our meeting today proved very useful in bringing together local community representatives, MSPs and the Scottish Government to try to get the reopening of Kintore station back on track,” Dr Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East said after the meeting. "Network Rail will carry out a feasibility study in conjunction with the work already undertaken by NESTRANS prior to a GRIP (Guide to Railway Investment Projects) being carried out. Depending on the outcome of this study it may then be possible to look towards considering a timetable to start the process that would be required ahead of reopening the station.

"I hope that with the support of the Transport Minister and the SNP Government and the clear cross-party support which exists, progress can be made to make the reopening of Kintore station a reality.”

The date stated in the NESTRANS plans for the re-opeing of the station was 2009.

Dr Milne secured the meeting after writing to Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP. The meeting included representatives from Kintore Community Council, all North East Regional MSPs, Richard Baker and Allison McInnes.

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Nanette Milne with Kenny Thomson (right) chairman of Kintore and District Community Council and Graham Thomson (left) Vice Chairman.

"The meeting with Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson was useful in helping to progress the issue of the Kintore station, as part of two proposed new stops between Aberdeen and Inverness,” explains Kenny Thomson, Chairman of Kintore and District Community Council.

"It is important that local community demand and support for a station in Kintore is quantified and to that end we have raised the issue of a possible application to develop a subsidised shuttle bus service between Kintore and Inverurie station. If support for such a service was high then this could help develop the case for a halt at Kintore. We will hope to take this discussion forward with NESTRANS and local representatives."
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