Dalcross Railway Station plans on track; Inverness Airport and HiTrans managers meet after early stage application lodged
PLANS to create a new railway station at Dalcross have taken an important step forward.
An application has been submitted to Highland Council for a 150-space car park and platforms next to the existing Inverness-Aberdeen rail line, which runs past the airport’s boundary. A separate application for the station building will be lodged later.
Meanwhile, talks took place yesterday between transport agency HiTrans
and Highlands and Islands Airports to discuss links between the station and the airport.
Airport duty manager Callum Smith said there was still a lot to iron out but hailed the application as a big step towards introducing a dedicated airport station.
"We see this as an important benefit for passengers as it will improve access to the airport from the city centre but also from Nairnshire and Moray," he said. "As passenger numbers continue to grow, it is essential that we provide a mix of transport options.
"We are currently working with HiTrans to determine how the rail stop is integrated with the terminal so that passengers are able to connect between the two facilities as quickly and seamlessly as possible."
The plans come as engineers prepare to start work on phase one of a £170 million rail improvement for the Inverness-Aberdeen line.
The initial stages will see signalling improved between Inverness and Elgin and platform extensions at Elgin and Insch. A later phase will include the new Dalcross station.