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Mountain railway ban challenged

Posted 14 May 2010
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Mountain railway ban challenged
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A rule that prevents those using the funicular railway on Cairn Gorm to access the top of the mountain is being challenged in the Scottish parliament.

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney agreed in answer to a parliamentary question by MSP Dave Thompson that he will look to change the rule that stops people leaving the top station to walk to the summit.

Mr Swinney said he would raise the matter with the funders of the building of the railway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, pledging to "do all that we can to try and address the issue".

The controversial railway takes passengers 3,600 ft up the 4,084 ft mountain, but while it allows people on skis and in walking boots out onto the mountainside in winter, concerns over human erosion prevent people accessing the summit like they would on Snowdon.

Visitors to Cairn Gorm can get as high as 2,037 ft for the car park by the lower station, with footpath access both to the top of the mountain and also to Ben Macdui, the second highest peak in Britain at 4,295 ft.

Posted by Brandon Egley