For immediate release: Wednesday 30 November 2016
SALMOND HAILS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOST FOR KINTORE STATION DEVELOPMENT
MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has hailed the Scottish Government’s decision to increase its share of funding to enable the construction of a new rail station at Kintore.
The move sees the Scottish Government’s contribution to estimated construction costs rise from 50% to 60%, a total of £7.3 million. Aberdeenshire Council and North East Regional Transport Partnership complete the funding package.
The development comes as part of a nationwide drive to expand Scotland’s rail network, increasing connectivity between communities and boosting local economies, with £1.8 billion of a total of £5 billion of funding for infrastructure and services to 2019 being invested in rail networks across the country. This includes the 108-mile route between Aberdeen and Inverness, which is set to benefit from a £170 million upgrade which will include platform extensions, signalling enhancements and the doubling of the line between Aberdeen and Inverurie.
Commenting, Mr Salmond said:
“The increased funding is good news for the people of the North East and a real statement of intent from the Scottish Government. The SNP vision for a better connected Scotland is clear with developments like that at Kintore and alongside the other transport expansion projects in Aberdeenshire, new corridors of prosperity are being opened.
“This announcement will greatly enhance the progress of this essential link and bring new people and opportunities to our local communities and what they offer.”