The UK’s Network Rail announced that the Highland Council has approved planning consent for a new railway station at Inverness Airport in Scotland.

The proposal will see construction of a new station with two platforms on the Aberdeen to Inverness line, adjacent to the airport.

A step-free access through a footbridge with lifts will also be installed at the station along with parking space for 64 cars including 10 electric charging facilities, four disabled spaces and cycle parking.

As a result of the development, the nearby level crossing at Petty will be closed, which is expected to improve the safety on the line as well as the operation of the new station.

The construction of the new Inverness Airport station is expected to support the delivery of further investment, regeneration and economic development to the local region.

This will also improve the transport connectivity to the airport while providing new options for travellers.

Following extensive engagement with the community, the planning application for the new Inverness Airport station was submitted in December last year.

UK Transport minister Graeme Dey said: “The Scottish Government has committed around £14 million towards this key new station and this is another significant step towards delivery of this important project.

“By providing this kind of sustainable travel interchange, we can bring real benefits to the region by making Inverness Airport more accessible for passengers and staff alike.

“It will also deliver sustainable travel links to the growing Inverness Airport Business Park and the new town of Tornagrain at a time when we continue to pursue a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”


Inverness Airport Station Artist’s Impressions. Credit: Network Rail.