A step forward has been taken towards easing delays at the Stromeferry Bypass.
Network Rail and the Office of Rail and Road have agreed a new operations document for an alternative signalling system. The new system will required trains to stop at a point adjacent to the site. The train driver will then communicate with the signaller, who will contract the site controller of site safety. Trains will then proceed through the works with the signaller instructs the train.
The installation of fixed signals and a magnet warning system is scheduled to begin within the next week.
Ian Blackford MP stated: "This will allow longer opening times based on the train schedule rather than the existing long token section.
"This has the potential to be great news and work now must be put in place to make these plans a reality. I would like to put on record my gratitude to Network Rail for listening to concerns.
"I am also aware, from the work that I have been involved in on this, that these changes would not be possible without the intervention of the Scottish Government's Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP. I hope now that we can move forward from what has been an extremely trying situation for local communities."