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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 08:15 #138512
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I recently read an article about plans to reopen several of the railway lines around Aberdeen that were closed in the Beeching era.
Has anyone else heard this?

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 08:48 #138513
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bugsy in post 138512 said:
I recently read an article about plans to reopen several of the railway lines around Aberdeen that were closed in the Beeching era.
Has anyone else heard this?
Hope it's not just the usual claptrap from uninformed journalists getting confused about the Aberdeen to Inverness improvements which have been ongoing for a number of years and will not be complete for several more years to come.

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 08:52 #138514
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Nothing in the pipeline any time soon.

If the article mentioned Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Banchory. That type of chat has being going since 2003.

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 09:32 #138515
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There have been several rounds of applications for DfT funding to develop plans/business cases for re-opening closed lines, under the 'reversing Beeching' headline.

The applications consist of the usual mix of obvious schemes that should have been done years ago to crazy plans to re-open railways in the middle of nowhere or which have been almost entirely built over the in intervening years.

The real purpose, of course, is to provide the illusion of activity and fund consultants, rather than put shovels in the ground...

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 09:33 #138516
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postal in post 138513 said:
bugsy in post 138512 said:
I recently read an article about plans to reopen several of the railway lines around Aberdeen that were closed in the Beeching era.
Has anyone else heard this?
Hope it's not just the usual claptrap from uninformed journalists getting confused about the Aberdeen to Inverness improvements which have been ongoing for a number of years and will not be complete for several more years to come.
That's probably what it is then. Rumours and speculation.

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 09:43 #138517
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Steamer in post 138515 said:
There have been several rounds of applications for DfT funding to develop plans/business cases for re-opening closed lines, under the 'reversing Beeching' headline.

The applications consist of the usual mix of obvious schemes that should have been done years ago to crazy plans to re-open railways in the middle of nowhere or which have been almost entirely built over the in intervening years.

The real purpose, of course, is to provide the illusion of activity and fund consultants, rather than put shovels in the ground...
DfT's remit in Scotland is very limited.

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 09:51 #138518
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The closest thing you'll get on the Aberdeen to inverness line that's new is the next station to be built at Inverness Airport. Kintore being the newest station to reopen recently with a "new" more consistent through service between Inverurie and Montrose. Elgin depot hasn't even came to anything.
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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 11:21 #138519
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bugsy in post 138512 said:
I recently read an article about plans to reopen several of the railway lines around Aberdeen that were closed in the Beeching era.
Has anyone else heard this?
Postal said:
Hope it's not just the usual claptrap from uninformed journalists getting confused about the Aberdeen to Inverness improvements which have been ongoing for a number of years and will not be complete for several more years to come.
It’s a local campaign group that has recently been launched by a couple of Aberdeen based train drivers, they’ve had press releases out this week. A couple of the Holyrood election candidates have made supportive statement too. Transport Scotland has nothing to do with it and the chances of anything ever actually coming about because of it are minimal.

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New railways for Aberdeen? 11/04/2021 at 15:13 #138529
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I know one of the drivers via Twitter / Scottish politics and was supposed to help review one of the docs
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New railways for Aberdeen? 12/04/2021 at 11:14 #138550
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The rail services in the Glasgow area is far superior to the almost non existent service in the NE of Scotland. But this reflects upon the population of Scotland being mainly in the central belt. All this talk about building more track and restoring services is just electioneering and hot air. It will come to nothing. I think the economical arguments remain much the same as in Beeching's day. People will not use it even if it was there as it would be more expensive and there would be insufficient stations.
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