Re­ju­ve­nat­ing our rail­ways

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Madam, – I read with in­ter­est the pro­posal by Coun­cil­lor Braden Davy that some of the Tay Cities Deal monies should be spent on re­open­ing rail routes in the county (An­gus rail lines could re­open, Courier, Jan­uary 9).

The branch be­tween Brechin and Bridge of Dun al­ready ex­ists – there is three-and-a-half

miles of largely ex­is­tent trackbed.

The Cale­do­nian Rail­way (Brechin) Ltd has al­ways sup­ported plans to re-in­state the branch.

To that end, we un­der­took a large fea­si­bil­ity study in 2009 which sug­gested this project could be de­liv­ered for an aw­ful lot less than Net­workRail’s then es­ti­mate of £18 mil­lion.

We have copies of this doc­u­ment, as should the coun­cil.

We are ready and

wait­ing for the coun­cil to ap­proach us.

This amount of money is rarely made avail­able.

Let’s in­vest it in something that does make a ma­jor dif­fer­ence to the trans­port in­fra­struc­ture of north An­gus rather than spend­ing in dribs and drabs here and there on nu­mer­ous mi­nor, and soon-to-be for­got­ten, projects.

Steve Pegg. Cale­do­nian Rail­way (Brechin), The Sta­tion, Park Road, Brechin.

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