Rail supporters help put whiskey on the rails

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Rail supporters in the north of Scotland are helping whisky distilleries put more of the water of life on the metals.

77 of Scotland’s 99 malt whisky distilleries are located in the highlands and much of the traffic is moved by road.

Whisky makes a major contribution of £2.7 billion to Scotland’s economy. 35,000 people work in the industry.

However whisky chefs are concerned that green restrictions on carbon use could impact their ability to produce more whisky jobs.

Hitrans’ Highland rail development officer, Frank Roach, is helping distilleries plan the switch to rail. The Scotch Whisky Association is supportive of the move.

Says Frank, “Although it’s been spoken about in the past, this is the first step towards making something happen.”