Local MP Richard Thomson has welcomed the £8million investment in the redevelopment of Aberdeen Railway Station, which has been officially re-opened by Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth MSP.
The redevelopment work - which was funded by Scottish Government, ScotRail, Network Rail, the Railway Heritage Trust, and Serco - has seen other significant changes to the look and feel of the station, which has sat in the heart of Aberdeen city centre for more than 150 years.
The relocation of the ticket office and first-class lounge to the main concourse has created an improved ticket retail environment and enhanced customer experience. The existing concourse retail units were also refurbished, with new modern glazed areas added to the front of the units, as part of the project. Four new customer information screens have been installed on the main concourse, where ScotRail staff will also be available to advise customers on train services, journey times, and connections at a designated information booth. Staff accommodation and additional operational areas have been created around the station to support future growth in passenger numbers.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I’m delighted to see this further investment in transport in the North-east coming to fruition.
“The role of the rail network has changed markedly post-pandemic, with less people using it to commute and an increase in leisure travel instead. These new and updated facilities will greatly improve the experience of the travelling public.”
Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Transport said:
“It’s great to see at first-hand how the Scottish Government’s £6m contribution is helping people travelling to and from Aberdeen make full use of the upgraded Aberdeen Station. I’d like to thank all the partners involved in this project which shows how transformational change can be delivered collectively.
“At a time when we seek to encourage more people out of their cars onto rail, this project is an excellent example of the way in which the public sector and the industry can build a modern railway that is more attractive to existing and potential passengers.”