Members of the small community were concerned when eight people arrived in two vehicles on the weekend of April 16-18 before rowing out and setting up camp on a small island off the shore of Loch Shiel.
Perhaps one of the most famous locations in Scotland, made all the more so after featuring in the Harry Potter series of films, Glenfinnan has always been a bucket list location for rail enthusiasts and travellers from around the world.
Bosses of the Jacobite – which doubled as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies – planned to replace 72-year-old locomotive ‘Lord of the Isles’ with a diesel engine due to worries about fire risk in dry trackside vegetation. But rain saved the day.
The TTRO will run from the end of this week until the end of October 2021, but it has been confirmed that Transport Scotland has now agreed that the TTRO should be made permanent (PTRO).
BEAR Scotland says this surfacing project west of Glenfinnan will greatly improve the quality and safety of the carriageway for road users on this section of the A830.
If the active travel trail is deemed to be feasible, the next project stage will be ‘Concept Design’, one of three design stages that need to be completed before the construction stage.
Tomorrow (Friday) is the date the CEE Bill was due its second reading in the House of Commons after Greens MP Caroline Lucas presented the Bill in Parliament in September, but the pandemic impacted parliamentary process postponing the second reading.
‘Given the number of complaints I received about the noise of the two diesel engines echoing around Glenfinnan, I think local residents will be relieved to hear from Network Rail that this was a ‘one-off’,’ said local MSP Kate Forbes.
Among the various agenda items discussed was an update on the planned new pedestrian crossing over the A830 trunk road in front of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) visitor centre.
As well as the building, the leased premises will include the curtilage of the building, and the whole of the adjacent car parking area.