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Scots rail viaduct in Harry Potter films set for new walkway

glenfinnan viaduct 2016

A walkway is being upgraded to allow better views of the famous Glenfinnan railway Viaduct, which features in the Harry Potter films.

Upgrades to a the Scottish walkway will include the construction of viewing platforms to allow for better views of the viaduct.

The severely eroded 1.4km walkway that crosses the hillside between the railway station and the viaduct is being upgraded to provide easier access to new viewing areas, with informative panels and special signage being introduced to raise awareness of railway safety issues.

The project represents a working partnership between ScotRail, the West Highland Community Rail Partnership (WHCRP), Glenfinnan Station Museum, Glenfinnan Estate, Network Rail and Transport Scotland.

The latest upgrades follow a doubling of the number of people travelling on the Highlands line over the last decade, according to the Office of Rail and Road.

Tree clearance work has also been undertaken by the Glenfinnan Station Museum, working with Friends of the West Highland Lines, Glenfinnan Estate and Network Rail.

In the film adaptation of the Harry Potter novels, the Hogwarts Express crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct as it takes pupils to school.

The completed walkway will provide scenic views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the National Trust for Scotland’s Jacobite Monument and the surrounding Loch Shiel Special Protection Area.

“The new footpath and viewing areas at the Glenfinnan Viaduct will be fantastic for tourism in the area and we hope it will encourage more visitors to travel here by rail instead of car,” said ScotRail project manager Anouska Chisolm.

WHCRP secretary Hege Hernæs added: “We are delighted that the rail industries are prioritising this work, which enhances sustainable tourism.

“We hope that ScotRail will now capitalise on the investment by marketing and further improving Glenfinnan’s train service. We need to promote the best possible viaduct experience: cross the viaduct by train, then view it from a hillside vantage point – taking away the hassle of finding a parking space first.”

Work on the project is set for completion by the end of this month.

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