MORRISON Construction has been contracted to deliver £8 million worth of redevelopment works at Aberdeen train station.
Scotrail said that the project will allow for more train services, more seats on trains and the gradual introduction of faster journey times.
The work will bring about ‘significant enhancement’ of the quality and variety of station retail facilities, improvements to the taxi rank area, relocation of the existing ticket office and first-class lounge, an improved station entrance to allow for connectivity with the city centre, redevelopment of staff accommodation, and works to enhance the listed station building.
Scotrail said that work will begin later this year when ‘it is safe to do so’, adding that the project is expected to take around one year to complete.
Kirsty Devlin, head of projects at Scotrail, said, “The redevelopment of Aberdeen station will see significant enhancements in retail, improved access to the station, a new ticket office, and new first-class lounge.
“The investment we are making in the North East – in the redevelopment of Aberdeen station, the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement programme, and in Inter7City trains connecting Scotland’s seven cities – means it’s an exciting time for this part of the country.”
Bill Reeve, Transport Scotland’s director of rail, added, “While our immediate focus is on tackling the COVID-19 outbreak, the development work for this £8million investment can be undertaken safely now, so that we will be ready to deliver the enhanced facilities for customers and railway staff without delay when it is safe to do so.
“We know the more we make rail an attractive, safe and secure transport choice, the more people will consider using the train as an alternative to the car. I look forward to seeing further progress as soon as conditions allow.”
Mike Bruce, managing director of Morrison Construction North East, commented, “Morrison Construction is pleased to have been chosen to carry out these works which will benefit visitors to and the people of the North East of Scotland for years to come.”