A new railway station has been built in Forres as part of upgrade work to the Aberdeen-Inverness line.
The station sits to the north of its predecessor and was built during a recent 10-day closure of part of the line.
During the work the railway was moved onto a straighter, double-tracked alignment and a new link road was constructed.
The station car park was doubled in sized and passenger facilities improved as well. A new road bridge over the railway links the station to the town.
In addition, Network Rail and its main contractor BAM Nuthall delivered the following:
- 5km of new track in Forres
- The new Forres station and link road
- 2km of new track in Elgin
- Extended platforms at Elgin
- Upgrading of Elgin level crossing to a full-barrier, CCTV crossing
- Removal of redundant signal boxes at Elgin and Forres
- Upgrading of signalling systems between Elgin and Inverness.
The Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project will see the number of services increased between the two cities and journey times reduced.