Business case for repairing Cairngorm funicular to be submitted soon
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The owners of the Cairngorm funicular have said they expect to lodge the business case soon for its repair to the Scottish Government.
The £20m mountain railway has been out of operation since September 2018 on safety grounds.
There are concerns over the integrity of the concrete pillars and bearings which carry the two kilometres of track.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority recently granted planning consent for engineering works to the funicular viaduct subject to 11 planning conditions.
A spokesman for Highlands and Islands Enterprise said: "The final decision on whether to proceed with these works will depend on the outcomes of the detailed options appraisal and business case for Cairngorm Mountain.
"The options appraisal and business case will go to the HIE board and Scottish Government in the coming weeks."
The partial reopening of Cairngorm Mountain started last Wednesday. The retail area and café are now open from 10.30am to 5.30pm as well as the mountain garden and the Coire Cas car park.
The spokesperson said: "The Cas bar, exhibition and tubing slide remain closed as Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd cannot yet adhere to the social distancing and cleaning requirements to open these areas."