Dyce Railway Station


A busy railway station in the NW of Aberdeen City, Dyce Station (known in Gaelic as Deis) lies between the town centre and Aberdeen Airport, 5½ miles (9 km) northwest of the centre of Aberdeen. It sits on the line which connects Aberdeen with Inverness, with direct services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The station opened on the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1854. Seven years later, Dyce became a junction with the Formartine & Buchan Railway diverging to provide services to Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The Beeching rationalisation of the British railways brought an end to passenger services on the Formartine & Buchan line in 1965 and Dyce Station closed in 1968.

The growth of Aberdeen Airport, driven considerably by the North Sea old industry, brought the re-opening of the station in 1984. The East Terminal of the airport, which is used by helicopters serving the North Sea, lies adjacent, but the station is some distance to the main passenger terminal, on the opposite side of the airport, necessitating a regular bus service. Raiths Farm Freight Terminal opened to the north in 2007. The only significant remnant of the old station is the Dyce Signal Box, which lies immediately to the south and opened in 1880. The historic lattice overbridge was replaced in 2014 as part of a programme to improve the access between the two platforms.

Dyce Railway Station is now operated by ScotRail and is unstaffed. It saw a remarkable growth in use in the decade between 2005 and 2015, rising from around 250,000 passengers to over 800,000. It is preceded by Aberdeen Railway Station, 5½ miles (9 km) to the southeast, and followed by Kintore, 6½ miles (10.5 km) to the west northwest.

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