New Conon Bridge railway station 'could open by 2013'

Former station at Conon Bridge. Pic: Richard Dorrell/Geograph The former station at Conon Bridge was closed in the 1960s

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Highland Council hopes a closed down village station can be revamped and re-opened before road works start on the Kessock Bridge near Inverness in 2013.

The local authority is contributing £100,000 towards the £850,000 it will cost to get Conon Bridge back into use.

Highland has already given £100,000 towards upgrading the station's car park. The project also involves Transport Scotland and Network Rail.

Resurfacing of the Kessock Bridge will take until June 2014.

A working station at Conon Bridge in Ross-shire could ease disruption caused by the road works to commuters travelling to Inverness from other parts of the Highlands.

Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (Hitrans) and Network Rail signed a deal in March to design the revamped station.

A station had served Conon Bridge from 1862 until 1960 when it closed to passenger services.

Goods services were withdrawn from the station in 1965.

Hitrans said a new platform would be able to handle four rail cars, the maximum length of ScotRail trains on the Far North Line.

Conon Bridge's station is forecast to handle 36,000 passengers per annum, with expectations that the number of users will grow.

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