Ma­jor up­grade to train sta­tion

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Plans have been re­vealed to give a Perthshire rail­way sta­tion a ma­jor up­grade.

Na­tional Rail plans to carry out a multi-mil­lion pound im­prove­ment to the rail­way be­tween Perth and In­ver­ness, in­clud­ing an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment at Pit­lochry Rail­way Sta­tion.

This will in­clude ex­tend­ing both the plat­forms so they can ac­com­mo­date longer trains.

The track will also be mod­i­fied and a new sig­nalling sys­tem will be put in place.

They hope the im­prove­ments will mean the longer, high-speed trains that ScotRail plans to in­tro­duce on the Perth to In­ver­ness route later this year will be able to pass each other more ef­fi­ciently at Pit­lochry.

Net­work Rail hope the work will re­duce jour­ney times by around 10 min­utes.

A spokesper­son for Net­work Rail said: “This in­vest­ment is vi­tal to the in­tro­duc­tion of a new train fleet on the line and also im­proves the ser­vices for pas­sen­gers.

“This is the sec­ond phase of in­vest­ment in the High­land main­line and aims to help de­liver an hourly ser­vice, with av­er­age jour­ney times re­duced by around 10 min­utes, and will also seek to im­prove the times of first and last trains be­tween In­ver­ness and the Cen­tral Belt and pro­vide a bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of calls at the in­ter­me­di­ate sta­tions be­tween Perth and In­ver­ness. Pit­lochry Rail­way Sta­tion

“This will help make rail a more vi­able pub­lic trans­port choice for all of the com­mu­ni­ties along the cor­ri­dor.

“Freight op­er­a­tors will also ben­e­fit from the in­fras­truc­ture en­hance­ments.”

Net­work Rail will hold an in­for­ma­tion evening at Fish­ers Ho­tel, Pit­lochry, on Thurs­day from 5pm un­til 8pm to talk about the work planned for the sta­tion.

This in­vest­ment is vi­tal to the in­tro­duc­tion of a new fleet

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