Network Rail unilaterally closed this important level crossing in July 2021, negatively impacting local residents and visitors alike. As a result, Dalwhinnie community council, the local estate, other local groups and businesses, and national outdoor recreation bodies, including ScotWays, have been working together to secure the reopening of this crossing for the public.

Local MSP Kate Forbes wrote to the Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, on behalf of her constituents about both the closure and the options appraisal undertaken by Network Rail. The reply received simply repeated Network Rail’s position and didn’t address any of the concerns raised by all those opposed to the closure.

An open letter has now been sent to the Minister to provide the other side of the story, and to seek a way forward in resolving the issue.