Engineers set to begin 10-day infrastructure upgrade between Inverness-Keith: A-I - Elgin west new points

Thursday 5 Oct 2017

Engineers set to begin 10-day infrastructure upgrade between Inverness-Keith


Our engineers will be working around-the-clock from tomorrow night (Friday, October 6) to deliver a vital phase of the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project.

During the 10-day closure of the line, Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall will:

  • Complete 1.5km of new track in Forres
  • Finish the new Forres station and link road
  • Complete 1.2km of new track in Elgin
  • Extend the platforms at Elgin
  • Upgrade Elgin level crossing to a full-barrier, CCTV crossing
  • Remove redundant signal boxes at Elgin and Forres
  • Upgrade signalling systems between Elgin and Inverness.

Due to the complexity of the engineering work and the heavy machinery involved, these projects cannot be delivered without the short-term closure of the line.

Replacement bus services will operate between Inverness and Keith from Saturday, October 7, until start of service on Tuesday, October 17, to help minimise disruption for passengers while we deliver this vital investment in Scotland’s railway.

Matthew Spence, delivery director for Network Rail Infrastructure Projects in Scotland, said: “The Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement project will transform train travel between the two cities and the work we are undertaking over the next ten days is vital to the delivery of the project.

“Our engineers will be working around-the-clock to complete this complex programme as quickly as possible.

“We understand the inconvenience these works will cause to some passengers, residents and motorists and we are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.”

The Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project is a Scottish Government-funded scheme to improve journey times and increase capacity on the route between the two cities.

The project will provide a day-time hourly commuter service between Inverness and Elgin by December 2018 and a half hourly service between Aberdeen and Inverurie by the end of 2019, and increase end-to-end services to an hourly frequency in the longer term.

These new services will help to improve the flexibility the railway can offer the expanding communities around the two cities – opening up new job and leisure opportunities.

Anyone with questions about the work can contact or call Network Rail’s 24hr helpline on 03457 114141.

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