Axe hangs over North rail services again [Inverness Courier]





Date: 23/11/2011

AS THE Caledonian Sleeper eases into Inverness railway station just after 8.30am, a steady stream of passengers disembark having made the overnight journey from London Euston. They include a mix of business and leisure travellers who have opted to make the 11 hour journey by rail. According to rail commentator Mark Smith of The Man In Seat Sixty One website, taking the Caledonian Sleeper train to Scotland is 'the most civilised, romantic, time-effective and environmentally-friendly way from central London to the heart of Scotland'. Equally, for those travelling the other way, the Sleeper is the most practical and time saving solution for an early morning meeting or short break in London. 'A little piece of Scotland that takes you right down to the Big Smoke,' he reflects. So the suggestion in a Scottish government review that this direct rail link could be axed along with the daytime Highland Chieftain service between Inverness and London King Cross has been greeted with alarm by rail passengers, business and tourism leaders and politicians.


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Axe hangs over North rail services again

Inverness Courier

AS THE Caledonian Sleeper eases into Inverness railway station just after 8.30am, a steady stream of passengers disembark having made the overnight journey from London Euston. They include a mix of business and leisure travellers who have opted to make the 11 hour journey by rail.

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