Well that's it folks & as we all suspected...the train set ain't running this summer or for the foreseeable future...
Basically HIE have still not released the report as I recon they have run out of black marker pen to redact the worst bits..
The Cairngorm funicular railway is to remain out of operation throughout the summer months and possibly beyond, following a detailed investigation into concerns over the structure.
The investigation, by specialist engineers COWI, was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which owns the facility, following safety concerns raised in a general inspection last autumn.
Engineers have concluded that the structure does not present an immediate danger to the public. However, the safety margin is lower than desirable and a series of measures should be put in place to address weaknesses before resumption of service.
COWI carried out the investigation between September and December last year, including excavating around foundations and intrusive investigations of the structure.
Work is required to strengthen the piers, beams and foundations, and install new bearings with higher load and movement capacity.
HIE is currently exploring the scope and cost of these works, and this is expected to take several weeks.
At the same time, HIE is commissioning an independent peer review of COWI’s report, in line with industry best practice for complex investigations of this nature.
Work on the structure of the funicular can only be carried out during summer months when the mountain is more accessible to contractors. It will therefore remain out of service for the remainder of the current winter season and throughout the summer months and possibly longer.
I like the fact that ""HIE is commissioning an independent peer review of COWI’s report, in line with industry best practice for complex investigations of this nature."""
So they want a second opinion on the report do they??...I think most users of the ski area can easily give them a report...& it'll say the same things...
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