The north east of Scotland has nine railway stations, offering a local cross-Aberdeen service, as well as services to Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and to major destinations in England.


Nestrans works with the railway industry and Transport Scotland to secure service enhancements, address overcrowding issues and reduced journey times, where appropriate.

The option appraisal for improving access to Insch station, that was part funded through a Local Rail Development Fund grant award, was completed and submitted to Transport Scotland at the end of March 2021.

A multi-modal study along the Aberdeen to Laurencekirk strategic corridor took place 2021. Part of the study involved investigating the potential for additional railway stations. Results were reported to the Nestrans board in December 2021.

Nestrans is a member of Invest East Coast which consists of local authorities and Regional Transport partnerships along the route of the London Kings Cross-Aberdeen/Inverness railway and aims to highlight the economic importance of the line and the need for investment to ensure that the economies of the relevant regions continue to prosper.

Strategic Rail Improvements

Aberdeen to Inverness

The Aberdeen – Inverness Improvement Project is a Scottish Government funded project – a phased upgrade of the railway infrastructure between Aberdeen and Inverness.

Future phases of the upgrades support an hourly service between Aberdeen and Inverness, with an average journey time of around 2 hours. The Scottish Government intend to deliver the whole project by 2030.

You can keep up to date with the latest details on the project here:

Aberdeen to Central Belt

In January 2016 the Scottish Government announced an initial £200 million from future Scottish government budgets over the next five to ten years to improve journey times and increase capacity on key rail links between Aberdeen and the central belt as part of a package in addition to the City Region Deal.

Nestrans, alongside Tactran, continued to participate in the stakeholder liaison group for the Aberdeen to Central Belt rail journey time and capacity improvement project.