Insch railway station

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Insch National Rail
Inschw.jpg
View from Insch railway station looking west towards Hill of Dunnideer
Location
Place Insch
Local authority Aberdeenshire
Coordinates 57°20′15″N 2°37′00″W / 57.3374°N 2.6168°W / 57.3374; -2.6168Coordinates: 57°20′15″N 2°37′00″W / 57.3374°N 2.6168°W / 57.3374; -2.6168
Grid reference NJ629276
Operations
Station code INS
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 93,712
2012/13 Increase 107,112
2013/14 Increase 113,922
2014/15 Increase 122,404
2015/16 Decrease 118,378
History
Pre-grouping Great North of Scotland Railway
1854 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Insch from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Insch railway station is a railway station serving the town of Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line. It was opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1854, on the route from Aberdeen to Keith.

The station building accommodates the Insch Connection Museum, which records the history of the railway in Insch and the local region. The station has two platforms, a signal box & a level crossing at its northern end. It is located at the southern end of the only remaining double track section of the line - this runs north as far as Kennethmont before reverting to single track once more.

Future developments[edit]

The Scotland Route Utilisation Strategy, published by Network Rail in March 2007, recommends an improved frequency and capacity for passenger services on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line given the high patronage at peak times. Two development options are identified in the report: the provision of additional infrastructure to allow an accelerated hourly service; and platform extensions to permit six-car operation. If the latter were implemented, the platforms at Insch railway station would be extended by 17 metres.[1] Transport Scotland agreed to fund a £170 million infrastructure upgrade for the route in 2014 that includes the aforementioned platform lengthening work here. Other upgrades include signalling and level crossing modernisation work, 2 additional stations at Dalcross & Kintore, relocating the station at Forres and redoubling the Inverurie to Aberdeen section. The project is due to be completed by 2019.[2]

Services[edit]

There is a basic two-hourly frequency in each directions (with peak extras), to Inverness via Elgin northbound and Aberdeen southbound (11 trains each way in total). The first departure to Aberdeen each weekday & Saturday continues south to Edinburgh Waverley and there is a return working in the evening. On Sundays there are five trains each way, with a southbound through working to Glasgow Queen Street.[3]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Inverurie   Abellio ScotRail
Aberdeen to Inverness Line
  Huntly
Historical railways
Buchanstone
Line open; Station closed
  Great North of Scotland Railway
GNoSR Main Line
  Wardhouse
Line open; Station closed

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland Route Utilisation Strategy, March 2007", Network Rail.
  2. ^ Millions to be spent on rail line upgrade" Paterson, LisaThe Press and Journal article 29 March 2014; Retrieved 19 August 2016
  3. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 240 (Network Rail)

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