Massive rail improvement project to cause delays

Doubling the track between Aberdeen and Dyce will cause some travel disruption for rail passengers over the next 14 weeks, but the short-term pain will provide long-term gains.

The multi-million-pound upgrade work taking place during this period will double the track between Aberdeen and Dyce. There is currently only a single track between Aberdeen and Dyce, which causes delays as only one train at a time can pass through.

Buses will replace trains between Aberdeen and Dyce during the upgrade work, and the ScotRail Alliance is reminding customers to plan their journeys in advance. ScotRail has published specific journey information on its website at scotrail.co.uk/improvements – which includes bus timetable information, as well as alternative travel options.

This is the latest phase of the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project. This stage of the project will improve services gradually across the route, and by the end of 2019 will deliver:

  • Hourly service between Inverness-Elgin, providing 1,300 additional seats each day
  • Introduction of half hourly all-day service between Aberdeen and Inverurie, providing 3,000 additional seats each day
  • Majority of Aberdeen to Inverness services formed of high-speed InterCity trains, providing 1,400 additional seats each day
  • Additional Elgin – Aberdeen early morning and late evening services
  • New through services between Inverurie – Montrose, reducing the need to interchange at Aberdeen
  • More through services between Inverness and the central belt via Aberdeen
  • Extended platforms at Insch to accommodate longer InterCity trains

ScotRail Alliance Head of Customer Experience Graham Heald said:

“This is a massive project, which will ultimately transform services in the north of Scotland. The work between Aberdeen and Dyce will double the track, so that we can improve the reliability of service our customers receive.

We know lengthy line closures can be a real inconvenience for customers, and we’re doing everything we can to keep people moving during the work. We’ve published travel information on our website and would encourage customers to plan ahead, considering their travel options, and remember that journey times will be longer than normal.”

Preparation work including bridge demolitions, signalling work and track renewal along the route went ahead last weekend, causing the line to close last Saturday and Sunday. Further upgrade work will be carried out between Dyce and Inverurie in 2019.