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CairnGorm Mountain funicular closed over safety issues

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The CairnGorm funicular railway, which allows skiers and snowboarders at the CairnGorm Mountain resort in Scotland to access slopes and the ski school, has stopped operating as a result of safety issues emerging following a recent inspection.

The concerns specifically relate to structures that support the track; engineers recommended a limited service be put in place, but the railway is to be closed completely for several weeks while investigations take place.

Ewan Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at CairnGorm Mountain, said: “As operators of such a unique visitor attraction as the funicular, we take our responsibility and duty of care to the public and our staff extremely seriously. It is in everybody’s best interests to close the funicular to allow the engineers to conduct their investigation. Our priority is to get a clear picture of any faults with the funicular in order to develop a course of action that addresses these concerns.

“Rest assured, we do not underestimate the significance of this situation to the entire local area, including our own employees, and are working to resolve this situation quickly and safely, for the future benefit of all mountain visitors.

“At this stage, we are unable to provide a detailed timeline for the re-opening of the funicular and will issue further updates as we are able to do so.”

Susan Smith, Head of Business Development at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which owns the funicular, said: “This is a highly regrettable situation, over which we have very limited control.

“Clearly it will have a considerable impact on the commercial operations on Cairngorm, and be of concern to those employed at the resort. Our thoughts are very much with them as well as those who use the mountain and its facilities.

“We are treating this as extremely urgent and doing all we can to address the problem and have the funicular returned to full service as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, safety must come first and we fully respect CML’s decision to act on the precautionary advice of the inspectors.”

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