The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Constructi­on at station stopped

- BY KIRSTEN ROBERTSON

All constructi­on at the eagerly anticipate­d Kintore Station has been stopped.

The new Kintore station was on course to open in May, reconnecti­ng the town to the rail network for the first time in five decades.

Aberdeensh­ire Council’s strategic transport office said: “Kintore station project has been progressin­g through the national shutdown under UK guidance to Network Rail that constructi­on should continue and that they – Network Rail – were critical workers.

“On Thursday night, Network Rail’s board decided to halt and shut down all enhancemen­t works on the railways, including Kintore Station.”

Last night Aberdeensh­ire West MSP Alexander Burnett said: “The health and wellbeing of constructi­on workers during the coronaviru­s outbreak is the most important factor here and the decision to take them off site to protect them against the virus is the correct one.

“The new station at Kintore is a vital project for the area and will ensure communitie­s in and around the town will be better connected to Scotland’s rail network.

“But lives cannot be put at risk by continuing work during this extremely difficult period.”

Work on Stonehaven’s flood-protection scheme has also been paused in line with the guidelines.

A spokesman for project leaders, civil engineerin­g firm McLaughlin & Harvey, said: “We have now agreed to a ‘pause’ in the works to align with the rest of society and close down for a period to lessen the impact of this virus.

“There will be a small project team who will remain to carry out security checks and respond to any adverse weather, so don’t be alarmed if you see workers onsite.”

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Work at Kintore Station has now been halted

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