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Dingwall to host AGM and conference of rail campaign group Friends of the Far North Line with public urged to make tracks for National Hotel venue and organisers hopeful dispute won't force delegates into cars


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Railway Station. Picture: Gary Anthony
Dingwall Railway Station. Picture: Gary Anthony

ROSS-SHIRE's county town is to host the annual general meeting of rail campaign group Friends of the Far North Line (FoFNL) later this month.

The AGM and conference is scheduled for 11.15am on Friday, June 17 at the National Hotel in Dingwall.

It marks the first time since 2019 that FoFNL has been able to hold the conference part of the annual event.

Convener Ian Budd said: "We have, as always, excellent speakers, including representatives from ScotRail, Network Rail and the top monthly rail industry magazine, Modern Railways. A member of the Scottish Government will also address the meeting.

"We're determined that the event shall go ahead in spite of the travel difficulties caused by the current industrial relations problems at ScotRail. It will be ironic if we have to drive to an event that exists to promote and improve the railway from Inverness up to Thurso and Wick!

"We are also looking forward very much to sampling Dingwall's National Hotel which is under exciting new management. Being close to the railway station it is the ideal venue and the new owners have been most helpful and enthusiastic.

"We very much hope that local residents feel inspired to attend, and hear the latest thoughts about their railway. There will be a chance to ask questions of the speakers and the event is free."

The Friends of the Far North Line is a rail campaign group with over 250 members.

It campaigns in general for much faster and better services, facilities and customer experience.

FofNL monitors reliability, accessibility, safety, sustainability, value and resilience, and looks for progress in these areas.

More on the group at www.fofnl.org.uk

Related: Revamped National Hotel gets off to a flying start


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