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Network Rail has announced that a section of the line between Inverness and Aberdeen will be closed for 11 days to enable work on the Inverness Airport station programme - creating a railway station which has been almost 20 years in the process of planning and development.

Engineers will work around the clock during this time to carry out extensive work between Inverness and Nairn as part of the wider programme of enhancements being delivered around the new station development.

Over a period of 11 days from 23.55 on Friday 14 October until the 04.45 on Wednesday 26 October, work will be continuous to substantially complete the new Airport station, to install the passing loop through the station and to enhance sections of track within the area.

The line closure will also see the opening of a new pedestrian access bridge which will enable the closure of the level crossing at Petty.

Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said: “The work we are undertaking in mid-October will see the removal of the Level crossing at Petty and significant work to progress the new station at the Airport.

“We know that closing the railway at any time is never ideal, however we always endeavour to plan our work for when fewer people are travelling on the railway and at a time which reduces overall inconvenience for the travelling public.”

David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said: “We know lengthy line closures can be a real inconvenience for customers, and we’re doing everything we can to keep people moving during the work.

“I would encourage customers to plan ahead using the ScotRail app or website and remember that journey times will be longer than normal where replacement buses are in use."

ScotRail services between Inverness and Elgin, and between Inverness and Aberdeen, will be disrupted for the duration the works with buses replacing trains between Elgin and Inverness (calling at Forres and Nairn).

Services between Aberdeen and Inverness will see buses replace trains between Inverness and Nairn.

The train operator is urging anyone plans to travel between the two northern cities to plan their journey in advance and check how their journey may be affected on the ScotRail app or by visiting www.scotrail.co.uk.

For further information on the Inverness Airport station development visit www.scotlandsrailway.com/projects