Rail improvements for Elgin and Forres to go on display

Station at Forres to be moved

IMPROVEMENTS TO MORAY railway stations are set to get under way this month with preparatory works for the relocation of Forres station and new footbridge at Elgin.

Network Rail say that the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement project is on the verge of appointing a main contractor for the works – and that they are anticipating the final design stages will progress with advance works being undertaken by Spring next year.

Main construction works along the routes are expected to get under way a year later with a view to the first phase of the project being delivered by March 2019.

In a letter to community organisations a Network Rail spokesman said: “The public will start to see preparatory works very soon – in light of this we are inviting interested members of the public to a drop-in event in Elgin on Tuesday, October 13 from 3pm to 7pm in Elgin Town Hall.

“There will be a second event the following day, Wednesday, October 14, from 3pm to 7pm at the Forres House Community Centre.

“As we are going to be working in the community we want to offer the opportunity to ask what we are dong, when we are doing it and how it will benefit rail users.

“Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions about the work at Elgin and Forres.”

Anyone interest but who is unable to attend either event is being invited to email their comments or questions on the project by email to aberdeeninverness@networkrail.co.uk or call the Community Relations team on 03457 114141.