Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Gibson lodges motion on West Highland Line success

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Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has lodged a motion congratulating those involved with the West rail Highland Line after it was voted the top rail journey by the readers of the prestigious Wanderlust travel magazine.

Mr Gibson said…

"This is truly a great victory for the West Highland Line in beating off illustrious competition such as the Trans-Siberian Express and the Cuzco which travels to Machu Picchu shows that the Highlands can compete with the worlds very best when it comes to scenery."

"The win will help boost the profile of the West Highlands and wider Scotland to a discerning travel readership which can only help bolster the profile of the Country in the year of home coming. A weak pound has the potential to bring in the tourists which could help the economy through very though times."


Copy of motion lodged in Parliament

Title: Wanderlust for West Highland Line
S3M-03410 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (SNP): That the Parliament hails the vote by almost 3,000 readers of Wanderlust, an independent travel magazine, naming the West Highland line as the top rail journey in the world; notes that the West Highland line came ahead of the Trans-Siberian Express and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru and beat 400 other nominated rail journeys from around the world, and congratulates ScotRail and all those involved in earning this prestigious recognition for Scotland.

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