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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

Tain Railway Station Back On Track

Tain railway station which was de-staffed in 1992 and had a Permanent Way presence until 1996 has become one of the first in Scotland to benefit from a host of new passenger facilities as part of First ScotRail's station investment plan. The station had become a vandalism hotspot but now thanks to a £112,000 investment from rail organisations, public and community networks, disabled passengers now have step-free access to platforms - which complies with new disability legislation - plus special parking facilities right beside the station.

In addition, a new turning circle has been constructed, making it easier for drivers to drop off friends and family. A new, well-lit waiting shelter and the installation of CCTV cameras linked to the Tain town centre system will improve passenger comfort and security. The station grounds have also been spruced up, flowerbeds planted, and the main buildings and outbuildings painted and secured. Demolition of old sheds was also undertaken. The Tain Initiative is contributing a community noticeboard.

The improvements have been completed and financed through a partnership between First ScotRail, HITRANS (Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership), Highland Rail Partnership and Network Rail.

Doug Blue, First ScotRail's area manager, north, said, 'This shows what can be achieved by working together. There are still some projects in the pipeline such as the installation of cycle storage facilities and better lighting throughout the station.

"The refurbished station is now a credit to the town and is ready to meet the needs of the growing number of passengers who use the station. For example, December 2005 will see the launch of 'Invernet', a First ScotRail commuter service that will serve areas around Inverness with three peak-time daily services between Inverness and Tain, and twice daily between Inverness and Invergordon at off-peak times."

Compiled from a First ScotRail press release and a presentation by Frank Roach to the HRP meeting, Elgin, September 2005