Improvements to retail, ticket office and lounge facilities are among the plans.The project will be completed in stages, with work on the station redevelopment expected to take about a year to complete.

The station has sat in the heart of Aberdeen city centre for more than 150 years.Bill Reeve, Transport Scotland’s director of rail, said: “While our immediate focus is on tackling the Covid-19 outbreak, the development work for this £8m investment can be undertaken safely now.”

Morrison Construction will carry out the project.Improvements to the taxi rank area and enhanced cycle parking are also planned.