Elgin station to benefit from UK as well as Scots government funding

Elgin Station – funding from UK and Scottish governments.

Improved facilities for disabled people and better access for passengers carrying heavy luggage are to be made to Elgin Railway Station.

The Moray station was named as part of a £100million improvement plan being funding under the UK Department of Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme.

Elgin is one of three stations in Scotland that will undergo improvement works under the scheme which will also see improvements to 39 others in England and Wales.

Improvements are expected to be completed by 2019 following a detailed costing exercise being drawn up by Network Rail.

Announcing the funding Rail minister Baroness Kramer said: “We are transforming our railways through record levels of investment and improving accessibility to stations is an important part of that.

“These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to work and pursue leisure activities more easily.”

The Elgin improvements are in addition to investments announced by the Scottish Government in March that will see major improvements to Forres Station and changes at Elgin to allow six-coach trains to halt there.

That is part of a £170million investment on the Aberdeen to Inverness route that will see an increase in size and frequency of trains and new stations at Dalcross and Kintore.

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