TOPICAL MATTERS and NEWS
Abellio has been awarded the ScotRail franchise and will take over on 1st April 2015. the Wikipedia entry gives a summary of the immediate plans for station operation and rolling stock.
FoFNL has produced a policy document setting out our aspirations and recommendations for Network Rail to include in its planning for Control Period 6 (CP6) 2019-2024.
Please note that the Autumn Newsletter has been held back to be published after the ScotRail franchise announcement. The newsletter has now been printed and should arrive shortly.
Following the AGM FoFNL's new Secretary is Malcolm Wood who may be contacted at email@example.com. The position of Convener is still vacant. Ian Budd, who currently runs this site, is going to be Acting Newsletter Editor for the October issue on a trial basis. Ian can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any comments or require any information please contact FoFNL by E-mail
Welcome to the Friends of The Far North Line
The Friends of the Far North Line is the campaign group for rail north of Inverness, lobbying for improved services for local users, tourists and freight.
Our website will give you an insight to FoFNL's successes and concerns. You will find a complete collection of newsletters dating back to 1998 as well as an archive of interesting documents.
This is a map of the Far North Line which is situated in the northernmost part of Scotland. Hovering the pointer over the name of a station will display a local photo.
Our aims include:
- The continued retention and improvement of the line from Inverness to Wick/Thurso.
- The development of services for local residents and tourists alike.
- Enhancement of freight services.
- Publicising the line, its attractions and potential.
- Liaison with local groups to foster interest in the line.
- Liaison with ScotRail, statutory bodies and tourism authorities.
- The use of the line by heritage trains.
Our 1995 conference for rail interests was the precursor of the Highland Rail Partnership a collaborative body spanning the Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, local Enterprise companies, rail operators, the Friends Groups and others.
Achievements include the Easter Ross commuter train, Beauly and Conon Bridge stations, all-year Sunday trains, initiating the re-introduction of significant freight, the transporting of extremely long lengths of pipe to Wick, and the building of a footbridge alongside the Shin Viaduct. A substantial increase in freight is still needed and we will continue to persuade haulage contractors that there is an alternative to driving long distances over inadequate roads.
We continue to seek shortened journey times and hourly services between Inverness and Tain. We aim to work in partnerships, we publish a thrice yearly Newsletter, we are democratically governed through our AGM and a geographically representative committee.
If you would like to join The Friends of The Far North Line please download, print out and complete the application form. If you prefer, you can phone our Membership Secretary on +44 (0)1334 475311. Annual membership is only 12 UK pounds (10 for concessions).
John Thurso M.P.
Malcolm George Wood
29, Ethelwulf Road
36 Learmonth Place
Bob Barnes-Watts, Inverness
Iain Macdonald, Alness
Richard Ardern, Inverness
Stewart Campbell, Alness
Sandy Colley, Culloden
The photo of Culrain station was taken by Peter Van Den Bossche and the photo of Altnabreac by Dennis Troughton. Both are used under the Creative Commons Licence.