Plans launched for build of train station at Inverness Airport

NETWORK Rail has unveiled plans to build a train station at Inverness Airport with a planning application having been submitted to The Highland Council.

BAM Nuttall and AECOM carried out the station design on behalf of the rail management firm. Proposals include a double platform railway station, with a footbridge, lift, car parking, bus drop off zone and waiting shelters.

Network Rail said the plans form part of the Inverness Airport Business Park, which is identified in the Highlands local development plan. It covers an area of 200 hectares of land earmarked for development as business/research development park, with a hotel/conference centre.

The new town of Tornagrain is located to the south of the business park, with an anticipated capacity of 4960 new homes as well as shops, schools and community facilities to be delivered over the next 30-50 years, with an eventual predicted population of 10,000.

Plans submitted to The Highland Council read, “The design proposed is contemporary and sensitive, and is similar to other stations along this route. The lift towers will become a new visual feature of the area but will be viewed against the existing C1017 which is elevated in this location.”