MSP condems cable thefts

LOCAL SNP MSP Dennis Robertson has joined with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to condemn the thefts of signalling cable on the Aberdeen to Inverness rail link.

The thefts, which have resulted in travel disruption for commuters between Inverurie and Huntly, where the thefts occurred, are under investigation by the British Transport Police, who discovered the problem close to Old Military Road near Huntly.

Commenting, Mr Robertson said, “These thefts are reckless crimes, and ones that are causing heavy disruption for commuters across the North East. I condemn them in the strongest possible terms.

“The thefts posed a massive danger to both rail users and those that have committed the crime, with these cables sometimes being live and carrying up to 25,000 Volts. This is on top of the serious economic consequences from rail delays, and the expense required to get the line up and running again.

“I support Network Rail, the British Transport Police and Police Scotland in their enquiries.”

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police added, “There is a common assumption that cable theft is a victimless crime, with the only effects being felt by the railway industry. This is not the case.

“Theft of cable can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry, as well as costing the industry millions of pounds.”