ALEX MCWHIRTER REPLIES:

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The fu­ture of some An­glo-Scot­tish sleeper ser­vices had been in doubt since well be­fore 2014.

Back in 1995, in the days of Bri­tish Rail, the Fort Wil­liam sleeper was threat­ened with clo­sure be­cause it was los­ing £2.5 mil­lion a year. But it was re­prieved as it served re­mote High­land com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vided a di­rect link to London for par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

To­day the sit­u­a­tion is quite dif­fer­ent. Pri­vate in­vest­ment has led to the in­tro­duc­tion of new rolling stock that will even­tu­ally re­place the cur­rent 40-year-old trains.

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