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The Friends of the Far North Line
Cairdean Na Loine Tuath
the campaign group for rail north of Inverness - lobbying for improved services for the local user, tourist and freight operator

An Encouraging Step Forward

We are very pleased to learn that our Highland Rail Development Officer - Frank Roach, representing Highland Rail Partnership - has been appointed to the governing body of Network Rail. We all heartily congratulate him.

Though this adds to his already heavy work-load, his practical railway experience and keen ability to recognise and advocate a realistic approach to negotiation aimed at securing attainable objectives within a longer term strategy must mean he will have a leavening contribution to make to their deliberations.

It is good to know that the Highlands have a voice, so that our somewhat different transport needs may not too easily be swept under the canvas of the larger picture, while Frank is acutely aware of the overriding pressures of national priorities. Our best wishes to Frank - a good omen for the new year indeed.

At the same time, we feel sure members will resist blaming him for any and every shortcoming they encounter that may from time to time assail our valiant local services!