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First responses to Cairngorm funicular repair plans start to arrive


By Gavin Musgrove

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More than 120 documents and responses to plans for the repair of the Cairngorm funicular have now been lodged with planners.

The majority of the submissions are supporting information and plans from the applicants, and notifications to statutory bodies that responses are being sought.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority’s planning service has called in the application for the engineering works for strengthening the viaduct which carries the funicular.

The funicular railway, which is currently out of service, on Cairngorm Mountain.
The funicular railway, which is currently out of service, on Cairngorm Mountain.

Aviemore Community Council has made five points in its recently submitted representation.

The watchdog points out: “The timing of the application seems to pre-empt the publication of the recent community consultation on the future of Cairngorm... This looks as if there has already been a decision to repair.”

Resort owners Highlands and Islands Enterprise has said that if the business case stacks up then it wants the funicular to be repaired.

The £20 million mountain railway stopped operating in Autumn 2018 because of safety fears over the concrete pillars and bearings carrying the 1.9 kilometre track from the Base Station to the Ptarmigan.

The planning documents are at https://cairngorms.co.uk/planning-development/


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