The Angry Corrie 53: Apr-May 2002


ScotRail stops stopping

David Squires writes: ScotRail's Winter 2001/02 timetable contains a serious blow for walkers who reach the Grampians by train. The Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore stops have been withdrawn from the 0809 from Perth. This train is the earliest service up the Highland line and in the past it used to stop at both stations, reaching them at around 0930. With the new timetable they can only be reached by changing at Kingussie, waiting three-quarters of an hour, then getting a southbound train.

Over the last ten years most of my visits to the Drumochter hills and the Monadhliath have been winter walks using this early train to Dalwhinnie or Newtonmore. With the new timetable, day walks from these stations are hardly feasible in winter. I doubt whether it would have been possible for ScotRail to have withdrawn stops on the West Highland or Kyle services, as these are known to have special attractions for walkers. But on the less obviously glamorous Highland line it has been able quietly to degrade the level of service.

In my experience, many of the users of the Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore stations are hillwalkers. Can I ask anyone who has used the early train to ask ScotRail to reinstate these stops on the 0809 from Perth - even if only as request stops? The address is: Customer Relations Manager, ScotRail, Caledonian Chambers, 87 Union Street, Glasgow G1 3TA.


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