Scottish Railway says goodbye to hand signals at stop-on-demand stations

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Network Rail is installing new equipment at 8 stations in the Scottish Highlands which will remove the need for a hand signal at requested stops.

Scotscalder, Altnabreac, Kinbrace, Kildonan, Dunrobin Castle, Rogart, Invershin and Culrain stations will have the new ‘stop request’ kiosks installed allowing passengers to request the next train directly.

Further improvements are being made to the radio signaling system on the Far North line in a project costing around £5 million. This takes place at Muir of Ord and Wick stations.

Scotscalder has been selected for a period of dual operation before the deployment of terminals in other stations from summer 2022.

Until now, due to their remoteness and low passenger numbers, these stations were request stops where passengers had to wave to the conductor to stop the train so they could board.

The new terminals include a timetable display as well as a stop request button.

Cara Healy, Network Rail’s Development Manager for the Far North line works, said: “The improved radio network will make the experience of using ‘request to stop’ stations easier and address the number increased number of tourists visiting the region, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We work through the winter to get this equipment ready to go into service before the busier summer months.

“This new system will make it easier to use some of the more remote stations in our network and hopefully encourage more people to travel to the Highlands for walking, climbing, cycling and sightseeing.”

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