Plans for reopening a long-closed station north of Aberdeen have received a boost with news that a planning application could be lodged in the New Year.
Kintore station, situated on the line from Aberdeen to Inverness, was slated for closure in the Beeching report and last saw passenger services on 7 December 1964.
The station, originally opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway, was once the junction for the branch line to Alford. This lost its passenger services on 2 January 1950 but was to survive as a freight only line until 1966.
Plans for the reopening of the station are being progressed by Network Rail, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans as part of the project to upgrade significantly the Aberdeen to Inverness route. If a planning application is submitted early in 2016, the promoters expect that the new station will be open in 2019.
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