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UK Government urged to abandon plans to scrap direct trains between Inverness and London

10 August 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has urged the UK Government to abandon plans to scrap direct trains between Inverness and London as part of drastic cost-cutting measures.

The Government is giving serious consideration to withdrawing the direct London – Inverness and Aberdeen ECML rail services.

Expensive plans to replace all of Britain’s ageing high-speed intercity rolling stock were put on hold by the former Labour government in February after the deal ran into financial problems.

New Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond is expected to decide on the 800-carriage scheme in October – but it has emerged that a major review of the project has targeted Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee as areas where money can be saved.

The east coast line has one service daily between King’s Cross and Inverness, with the train passing through Aviemore, Pitlochry and Perth.

Mr Stewart said: “It would be an absolute disaster for the people of the Highlands and Islands if these rail connections were broken.

“It is vitally important that the link remains for tourism and business reasons as well as to provide people living in the Highlands and Islands with rail connections to London available to people living in other parts of the UK.

“I shall be writing the Transport Minister Phillip Hammond to urge him to make sure this does not happen.”

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August 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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