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50,000 passenger journeys and rising for Inverness Airport railway station on track for success on first anniversary


By Alasdair Fraser

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Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.

ScotRail’s newest railway station in the Highlands is celebrating its first anniversary – after clocking up more than 50,000 passenger journeys.

The £14 million station, built by Network Rail and situated between Inverness and Nairn, was officially opened on February 2, last year.

The station acts as a fully accessible interchange for Inverness Airport, with step-free access to both platforms through a lift for passengers and cyclists, and an improved active travel link connecting the station to the airport.

Jenny Gilruth, then Transport Minister, with Aviemore's Spud the Piper, at the opening. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Jenny Gilruth, then Transport Minister, with Aviemore's Spud the Piper, at the opening. Picture: James Mackenzie.

With easy access to the A96, Inverness Airport station features 64 free parking spaces, including 10 electric vehicle charging bays, and storage space for 40 bicycles.

The station also provides a commuting option for local residents travelling by rail into Inverness city centre and further afield.

The station has also improved transport links to the nearby Inverness Airport Business Park and the new town of Tornagrain, acting as a catalyst for further investment and sustainable economic development in the region.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Transport, said: “It’s great to see the benefits of this station, part of a £42 million package of Scottish Government investment, delivering to communities and passengers in Inverness and the North East.

“The very positive passenger figures over the 12 months since it opened clearly demonstrate that continued Scottish Government investment is making rail a greener, more attractive option that really does encourage people to make more sustainable transport choices.

A train arriving from Inverness at Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.
A train arriving from Inverness at Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.

“I look forward to the continued success of this vital transport link and the delivery of benefits which justified this significant investment, including promoting economic growth which will benefit the local and wider economies.”

Phil Campbell, ScotRail customer operations director, said: “We’re delighted to see so many customers using Inverness Airport station, and reaching more than 50,000 journeys is already a fantastic milestone.

“The investment in the station, as well as the facilities it brings to the local area, is a perfect example of how we can encourage more people out of their cars and onto trains, as part of ScotRail’s commitment to net zero.”

Frank Reoch, Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership manager, said: “HITRANS is delighted to acknowledge the success of Inverness Airport station, which opened exactly a year ago.

Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness Airport Train Station. Picture: James Mackenzie.

“It has quickly become a key part of East of Inverness developments: the airport and its business park, the green freeport, the new town of Tornagrain, connecting people from the Highlands and Islands to the world, enabling travel for work and leisure, and ensuring that the economic potential of the region is realised for generations to come.”

Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport general manager, said: “For the long-term sustainability and connectivity of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness Airport railway station is an important piece of infrastructure.

“On what is the first anniversary of its opening, we are encouraged by how travellers are making use of the facilities and look forward to continuing to work with ScotRail.”


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