The brand-new Inverness Airport railway station has opened to the public. The £14M station was built by Bam Nuttall on the Aberdeen to Inverness line. It is a part of a larger £42M investment in Scotland’s railways by the Scottish government. The project is a two-platform station with step-free access through a footbridge with lifts. Work started in October 2021, after the plans were authorized in May.
In addition to building the station, the work included the renewal of 7 km of track, the installation of a cutting-edge signaling system, and the addition of a new 950 m passing loop that will allow trains on the single line to pass in the opposite direction. This will increase this route’s capacity and strengthen its resilience. It will also allow for future freight growth. Thus, it will encourage the removal of HGVs from the roads.
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The Inverness Airport railway station
Along with the already-existing bus service and the recently upgraded active travel path to the airport terminal by Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership, Inverness Airport station offers a new route to the airport.
Additionally, the station enhances transportation connections to the Inverness Airport Business Park and the brand-new town of Tornagrain. It is hailed as a catalyst for additional investment and long-term economic growth in the area. In the past 15 years, Bam Nuttall has built 15 railway stations in Scotland.
“Bam is extremely proud to be associated with another new station opening. It is our 15th in 15 years on Scotland’s Railway,” said Nissar Mohammed, director of operations at Bam Nuttall. “This is a tremendous honor for us. It is also a sign of the Scottish Government and Network Rail’s successful long-term investment strategy.”
“I am thrilled that Inverness Airport station is now complete and that services will start calling at the station for the first time,” said Jenny Gilruth, Scotland’s minister of transport. “The location was one of my first stops while serving as transport minister, and it allows me to personally witness the significant advancement that has been made in a short period of time.”