Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a £170m investment to improve the Inverness to Aberdeen railway over the next five years. The improvements are intended to offer more frequent and comfortable journeys to rail passengers in the north and north-east of Scotland. This investment is part of government’s programme to ensure Scotland has a railway fit for the future and £5bn commitment to rail infrastructure and services.
As part of the scheme of works, initial enhancements will cover redoubling of the track between Aberdeen and Inverurie, platform extensions to accommodate six-car trains at Insch and Elgin, and signalling improvements at Elgin to improve reliability. Additional improvements include a new relocated station at Forres to help cut journey times, loop extension of the track at Forres and work done to allow for new stations at Dalcross and Kintore.