Improvements to the Far North Line ” will yield economic benefits “

For those of us who like to use trains there is some good news, hopefully, coming our way. Improvements will continue to be made to the Far North Railway line.

The Far North Line Review Group was established by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy in the Scottish Government in December 2016

Ian Budd, Convenor, Friends of the Far North Line said:

“The Far North Line Review team was set up in response to issues raised by FoFNL’s 2016 Consultant’s Report and proved to be an extremely effective vehicle for identifying and tackling the many problems being experienced on the line.

“The workings of the group were exemplary and it was a pleasure to be involved.

“FoFNL is delighted that the Review Team’s task is now complete and that work on implementing its recommendations is about to proceed.”

Tourism was identified as a sector which would benefit from a Far North Line brand.

There is clear potential to exploit the fact that the railway accesses parts of Sutherland and Caithness that are beyond the reach of the North Coast 500.

Bill Reeve, Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail and chair of the Review Group said:

“The Group has been an exemplar of good practice with the industry and local stakeholders each contributing expertise and knowledge to deliver a shared ambition to maximise the potential of the Far North Line for passengers, communities and businesses along the route.

“By building on the achievements to date, the Far North Line will yield economic benefits from improved services and infrastructure by encouraging more rail use by passengers and by freight operators.”

Click on this link for more details: Transport Scotland website

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  1. As this is a unique line as it serves no further south than Inverness would it not provide the ideal ‘Test Bed’ for ‘Hydrogen’ powered trains?

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