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CairnGorm funicular railway report delayed

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A report into the structural issues that have closed the funicular railway at CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland has been delayed, with high winds and low temperatures disrupting efforts to excavate the funicular’s foundations.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which owns the railway and the CairnGorm Mountain, had expected the report on 3 December but has now said that the engineers' report could be delayed by a further two weeks.

Susan Smith, Head of Business Development at HIE, said: “The closure of the funicular, while necessary for safety reason, is causing considerable concern locally among the many businesses who service the snow sports market. The sooner we find out the exact nature of the problem the better for everyone. We will then be able to plan for remedial work to be done to return the funicular to service as soon as possible.”

HIE has also confirmed that a snowmaking machine and eight snow cannons are expected to be delivered to the resort by 27 November, and to be fully operational within a week.

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