Highlands & Islands

Inverness's direct rail service with London saved

A train service between Inverness and London will not be axed, the UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.

The Highland Chieftain provides a direct, daily service.

It had been proposed to stop the service at Edinburgh and passengers would have to change trains to continue their journey.

However, Mr Hammond has ditched the plans. Local newspapers had campaigned against changes to the service.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander had encouraged his Highlands constituents to back the campaign.

Mr Alexander is MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

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