ALEX MCWHIRTER REPLIES:
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.