The Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals which will see a new railway station built at Inverness Airport.
The Scottish government has committed around £14M to the project.
Plans for the station involve construction of a two-platform station on the Aberdeen to Inverness line, with step-free access via a footbridge with lifts, adjacent to Inverness Airport.
There will be parking for 64 cars with 10 electric charging facilities, four disabled spaces and cycle parking. The development also comes with the advantage of closing the level crossing at Petty which will improve the safety of the line and the operation of the new station.
The planning application was submitted in December 2020 following extensive engagement with the community.
Construction of the station will help enhance the area by giving travellers another route to the airport, opening up transport links and improving connectivity.
Transport minister Graeme Dey described the planning approval as a “significant step towards delivery of this important project”.
He added: “By providing this kind of sustainable travel interchange, we can bring real benefits to the region by making Inverness Airport more accessible for passengers and staff alike.
“It will also deliver sustainable travel links to the growing Inverness Airport Business Park and the new town of Tornagrain at a time when we continue to pursue a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Network Rail sponsor for Inverness Airport station project Graeme Stewart added: “We are pleased Highland Council has advised that this project can move forward. It is an exciting development that has the potential to transform travel options to the airport and the local community it will serve.
“The new Inverness Airport station will allow easier access and improved connectivity for passengers and this a significant milestone in the progression of the project. Now that we have clarity on the planning decision, we can move to get on-site as quickly as possible and work with our partners to deliver this new station for our customers and the wider community.”
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