Compensation for Plockton farmer after cow killed by train

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Two West Highland farmers have received compensation from Network Rail after a train struck and killed a cow near Plockton last summer.

The incident took place last July when the animal made its way from the common grazing land at Strathie onto the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line.

Farmers Duncan and John MacLennan claimed this was because of poorly maintained fences alongside the track.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, has confirmed the farmers have now received full compensation for the cow, which had been independently valued at £2,450.

Ms Forbes has called on the rail organisation to expedite repairs on line-side fencing to avoid similar incidents in future.

She said: ‘I cannot describe how delighted I was when, after months of discussion, debate and correspondence, I finally got confirmation from Network Rail that it would compensate Mr MacLennan for the loss of his cow on the railway line near Plockton.’