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A Better Railway for the North
Proposal for a Strategic Assessment Study of the Far North Railway
Corus Railway Infrastructure Services
The Far North Railway needs to serve the people of Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney better. A fast 2-hour link from Thurso and Wick to Inverness would transform transport in the Highlands and boost the economy.
Study of the Far North Railway
The study would look at the needs of the Highlands and how the railway could serve them.
Crucial ideas are how the service could be improved: -
A new Tain – Golspie link with a station close to the centre of Dornoch.
A new curve at Georgemas Junction to allow trains to run direct to Thurso.
Increasing the line speed to 90 mph from 75 mph.
New Timetable with Express trains from Inverness, non-stop to Tain and Stopping trains to Tain & Lairg.
New Stations at Conon Bridge, Evanton, Dornoch and Halkirk.
The study would provide a definitive, transport, engineering and environmental appraisal of a new alignment for the Tain – Golspie Link.
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