Elgin is to become a ‘hub for freight traffic’ following upgrades to the main Aberdeen to Inverness rail line.
SNP delegates at their annual conference in Perth this week were told of a £177million infrastructure improvement programme to the route.
This would ultimately see a half-hourly timetable operating from Moray to Inverness, with Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson saying the work was essential to replace technology on the line that dates back to 1840 and had “become an attraction for rail enthusiasts”.
Upgrades to the line were promised some time ago by the Scottish Government with work expected to start soon and continue into 2019.
Moray’s MP Angus Robertson said: “This project will benefit communities across the line – and will support Elgin in particular as the station increasingly becomes a hub for freight traffic, with resultant economic and environmental benefits.”