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CairnGorm funicular to stay shut for rest of season

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As reported by The Press and Journal, the CairnGorm funicular railway will remain closed for the rest of the winter season, in the wake of the operator, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), receiving an engineers report that was originally due in mid-November.

A spokesman for HIE said: “We have received the report of the investigation into concerns over the funicular structure and we will publish it in due course.

“We are meeting with the contractor this week to go through the report in detail in order to fully understand its findings and determine next steps.

“In the meantime, we anticipate the funicular will remain out of service for the remainder of the winter season, with ski tows providing alternative uplift when conditions allow.”

The report was due to be submitted by mid-November, but poor weather and high winds hampered the investigation.

Mike Gale, of Aviemore Business Association, said: “It is a shame the funicular will remain closed and it does limit the ski area, but it is not a write off – there is still plenty skiing up there to be done.

“They have to look to the future. With no funicular there is the potential for no summer trade which would mean no money going into the hill. We have been saying all along that they need to diversify the business for this exact type of situation.

“We mentioned this four or five years ago and the reality is that we are now in a worse state than we were then.

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