Network Rail begins its next programme of works for the £14M construction of Inverness Airport Station today. The work will close a section of the line between Inverness and Aberdeen for 11 days Engineers will work around the clock during this time to carry out extensive work between Inverness and Nairn as part of a wider programme of enhancements being delivered around the new station development The plans for the new £14M Scottish government-funded facility will see the construction of a two-platform station on the Aberdeen-Inverness line with step-free access via a footbridge with lifts Over the period of 11 days, from just before midnight today until 26 October, work will be continuous to “substantially complete” the new airport station. The works to be conducted include installing the passing loop through the station and enhancement of sections of track within the surrounding area. The line closure will also see the opening of a new pedestrian access bridge which will enable the closure of the level crossing at Petty Network Rail Scotland capital delivery director Kris Kinnear said: “The work we are undertaking in mid-October will see the removal of the level crossing at Petty and significant work to progress the new station at the airport.

We know that closing the railway at any time is never ideal, however we always endeavour to plan our work for when fewer people are travelling on the railway and at a time which reduces overall inconvenience for the travelling public.

Network Rail has stated these works cannot be undertaken while the railway is open and given the length of time required to complete specific elements, the activity has been scheduled for this time to minimise the disruption to the travelling public Kinnear continued: “We understand that this is not great news for those making plans to travel during the holiday to visit family or friends or for leisure purposes, unfortunately on this occasion the work planned cannot be delivered without closing the railway We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to people planning to use this route and we would urge them to plan ahead and check their journey in advance Since the start of work in October 2021, work has involved extensive site clearance, the creation of embankments and the installation of the foundations for what will be one of the new platforms and the footbridge and lifts.

ScotRail service delivery director David Simpson said.We know lengthy line closures can be a real inconvenience for customers, and we’re doing everything we can to keep people moving during the work would encourage customers to plan ahead using the ScotRail app or website and remember that journey times will be longer than normal where replacement buses are in use I’d also like to thank our customers for their patience in bearing with us while this important rail link for the area is delivered.