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'No question' over reopening of Altnabreac station, says Far North Line group


By Philip Murray

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Trains will return to Altnabreac station once the dispute is resolved, it has been stated.
Trains will return to Altnabreac station once the dispute is resolved, it has been stated.

Rail passengers in the far north have been reassured that Altnabreac’s temporarily closed station will reopen to passengers.

The Friends of the Far North Line have insisted that there is “no question” of the station closing permanently.

The campaign group, which has been in talks with ScotRail and other stakeholders about the situation at Altnabreac, made its comments after the station was temporarily closed to passengers earlier this month.

The closure was caused by an access dispute, with ScotRail and Network Rail claiming that a road access issue was preventing workers from carrying out maintenance at the site.

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The companies are hopeful that the situation will be resolved, although no date has been given for the resumption of services.

Ian Budd, chairman of the Friends of the Far North Line’s, has sought to assure passengers that Altnabreac is not in danger.

He said: “There is no question of the station being closed permanently, just in case anyone thinks [the temporary closure] is a cover for that.

“That is absolutely not the case – it’s not true.”


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