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Closed Petitions - Petition PE894  
Petition by The Association of Caithness Community Councils calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and timetabling as part of a strategic root and branch review of the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick, with unrestricted thinking on how best to shorten journey times and ensure the continuing future of the railway to these destinations. Thought should also be given to ensuring that the existing communities of the 'Lairg loop' are provided for.  
Petitioner: S Gordon  
Number of signatures: 25  
Date lodged: 24 October 2005  
Summary:

9 October 2005 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive, First ScotRail, Network Rail, the Highland Rail Partnership, Friends of the Far North Line and Friends of the Earth. 

8 March 2006 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to invite the views of the petitioner on the responses received. 

15 November 2006 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to seek information from the Scottish Executive on how the specific needs of the Far North Rail Line will be considered as part of ongoing work and to seek the views of the petitioner on the response received. Link to Official Report - 15 November 2006 

20 March 2007 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to seek information from HITRANS on the outcome of its consultation process and specifically on its position on the Dornoch Rail Link and to invite comments on the petition from the Caithness Partnership and the Caithness Transport Strategy Group. Link to Official Report - 20 March 2007 

2 October 2007 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to refer this petition to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee. Link to Official Report - 2 October 2007 

6 November 2007 :   The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee considered Petition PE894 on the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government on rail services in the North of Scotland and agreed to consider a further paper at a future meeting. 

29 January 2008 :   The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee considered petition PE894 on the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick. The Committee noted the work undertaken by the Dornoch Rail Link Action Group and in particular the recommendation in a Corus STAG 1 Appraisal commissioned into transport options for the north of Scotland, that a STAG 2 Appraisal be undertaken. The Committee recommended that the Dornoch Rail Link Action Group submits a copy of the Corus STAG 1 Appraisal to the Scottish Government. The Committee further agreed to write to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change advising him of this recommendation and asking him whether he agrees that a STAG 2 Appraisal is required and, if so, what the Scottish Government's position is in relation to funding such an appraisal. 

18 March 2008 :   The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee considered PE894 on the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick. The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on issues raised during the discussion and agreed to consider the response at a future meeting. 

27 May 2008 :   The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee considered PE894 on the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick. The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on issues raised during the discussion and agreed to consider the response at a future meeting. 

23 September 2008 :   The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee considered a petition by The Association of Caithness Community Councils calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and timetabling as part of a strategic root and branch review of the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick, with unrestricted thinking on how best to shorten journey times and ensure the continuing future of the railway to these destinations. Thought should also be given to ensuring that the existing communities of the 'Lairg loop' are provided for. The Committee agreed to consider the issues raised in this petition as part of its scrutiny of the Strategic Transport Projects Review and, in so doing, to close the petition. 

 
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