Making more of the West Highland Line

9510131_xxlCampaigners behind plans to create better links between the community and local railway are holding a drop-in information session, followed by a public meeting to discuss the plans later this month. They want to see a Community Rail Partnership for Lochaber set up, which would be the driving force for changes along the railway line between Crianlarich and Mallaig. Elsewhere in the country successful partnerships have been instrumental in achieving spectacular increases in use of rail through innovative marketing, improved services and better station facilities.

Their work includes improving bus links to stations, developing walking and cycling routes, bringing station buildings back to life, art and education projects and organising special events which promote the railway and its relevance to the community.

We all know the West Highland Line is an iconic railway journey and has been voted the best railway journey in the world, on several occasions, by readers of the travel magazine Wanderlust. With its connection to the Harry Potter films, it attracts people from around the world who want to travel across the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Any plans for the local community to make it even better to and to improve promotion of the line are welcome.

If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved then go along to:

A Drop-In Session at the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Monday 26th May 2014  from 14:00 – 17:00 hrs

This is an informal session, so people can find out more about what a Community Rail Partnership means and how it can benefit the local community.

A Public Meeting in the Council Chamber, Lochaber House, Fort William

Monday 26th May 2014  from 17:30 – 19:00 hrs

This meeting hosted by the Lochaber Transport Forum, will focus on the proposals for a partnership in Lochaber and identify members of the community who would be willing to join a partnership steering group. The aim of the group is to develop a partnership application for submission to Transport Scotland.

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