Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Monday, 28 January 2013


HS2 is the codename for the proposed High Speed rail link between London and the north of England. It is also the postal code for rural parts of the Isle of Lewis. When I read this tweet by Number 10 Downing Street, I could not resist the temptation for a bit of monkey business.

is a 'catalyst that will help secure economic prosperity & support tens of thousands of jobs' says PM

Fancy that. The rural villages of the Isle of Lewis the powerhouse of the British economy? The contribution, rendered by the good folk of the island recognised at last, after decades if not centuries of neglect, wilful or otherwise. Are they going to build a high speed rail link from the Butt of Lewis to Carloway, with a spur to Stornoway for good measure? And another line from the Butt to Stornoway via North Tolsta, carrying on to Lochs and Harris?  In a couple of years time, we'll be whizzing through the Clisham East tunnel, bound for Tarbert Central, or amble down the west coast, alighting at Bragar for Labost. Wonder what the fare structure will be like, with all those subsidies.

Ach, we can but dream.

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