Highland rail back after five decades

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A HIGHLAND railway station has been reopened, marking the return of train services more than five decades after the original was closed.

Transport Minister Keith Brown yesterday officially opened the new £600,000 Conon Bridge station, between Muir of Ord and Dingwall on the Far North line. It offers an alternative to commuters and could ease road congestion when resurfacing work is being carried out on the Kessock Bridge from this month to June next year.

Mr Brown said: “Improving access to rail services is an important factor in encouraging people to use the train. Instead of travelling to Dingwall, locals can now access trains into Inverness and beyond right here on their doorstep.”

The station will be served by 13 trains a day to Inverness and 11 northbound services.