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Inverness interchange proposed


15 May 2020

A NEW transport interchange could be built at Inverness railway station. 

An interchange steering group is likely to be set up, comprising Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Highland Council, and Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership.

Hitrans says Network Rail has purchased a number of parcels of land around the station with funding from Transport Scotland. 

In a report to the Hitrans board, partnership manager Frank Roach said: “The emphasis will be on low/no carbon transport, and should aim to include electric/non-diesel trains; electric and hydrogen buses; electric taxis with induction charging; pedestrians and cycling including e-bike facilities; fuelling for hydrogen vehicles; freight interchange; last mile electric cart delivery; rail maintenance facilities etc. Car parking should be limited.” 

Retail and other commercial development would be needed to make the proposal viable. 

Roach told LTT there was a case for additional rail platforms because existing capacity is tight and new services are planned, such as Inverness to Aberdeen increasing to hourly. He is also keep to explore a cross-city service from Tain to Elgin that would require a platform on the Inverness north curve. 

The interchange would replace the city’s bus station, which is close to the railway station. The two are poorly connected. 

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