Muir of Ord station

Work to begin on improving rail communications in Scottish Highlands

Local people in the Scottish Highlands are being invited to share their views on a new radio communications mast to be installed at a local station.

As part of a £5m project a new radio communications mast is set to be installed at Muir of Ord station.

This work will boost the resilience and extend the coverage of the radio communications that control signalling on the Far North Line.

The improved communications between signallers and train cabs will develop the performance and safety of the network.

Network Rail is welcoming views from the people of Muir of Ord as work on the 30-metre mast is set to begin.

Network Rail commented on the importance of consulting with the public on the upcoming project at Muir of Ord.

Cara Healy, Network Rail’s Project Manager for the work at Muir of Ord said: “The pandemic means that we cannot yet engage with communities like we would in normal times.

“We are still keen to share information about the project and give people the chance to speak to us.

“Thankfully, technology gives us the opportunity to meet with people online and hear their views and concerns.

“It offers us the chance to talk about the project and explain why we are doing the work.

“We appreciate local people may have some initial questions when they hear we are installing a 30-metre mast at the station.

“We hope the opportunity to talk with us directly will help clarify any issues and alleviate concerns.”

Information regarding the project has been published online on the Scotland’s Railway website.

The public engagement events will be held via video call and will allow people to discuss any queries directly with the project team.

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