It's not good that they have been removed. What is making people really angry is that it was planned in secret
The case for the Funicular Railway heavily leant on an argument that GMD Mueller Chairs were obsolete (to the point of not being safe), the manufacturer was defunct and it was impossible to source any parts. All of which is verifiably false.
Having made that case though the Ciste Chairs were newer and simpler affairs than the Cairngorm Chairlift was, given the way things have panned out it's difficult not to conclude this was planned from the outset of the Funicular project.
Those who have followed this saga from the first year or two of the Funicular onwards will be all too aware of the duplicitous manor in which HIE and CML have treated anyone who has tried to engage them over these matters.
Back in 2003/4 CML held a season ticket holders liaison meeting where the issue of moving the Link Lift Poma to the Top Basin was proposed. Soothing noises were made about the boardwalk and favouring the chairlift over the Poma, so there would be no loss in terms of the skiability of Coire na Ciste.
There was concerns expressed, but the overall view was the tow could provide a real improvement to those just starting out in snowsports if re-used thoughtfully.
Well we know CML made an arse of siting the Polar Express and it gets very little use by anyone as a result. It's a laughing stock of a tow.
The wasted opportunity is annoying. But what brings out anger in people is the dishonesty CML displayed over the Link Lift. CML knew, but never cracked a light until after the Link Lift was removed, that the decision had been taken to not operate the West Wall Chairlift. As per formal declaration of the Core Lifts Policy, the Ciste & West Wall Chairlifts, the Aonach, Link Lift and Daylodge Pomas and Fiacaill T-bar were considered decommissioned and would not be run again.
Had that been public knowledge at that season ticket holders meeting there would have been outrage and absolute opposition to removing the Link Lift Poma. By a slight of hand, CML / HIE had vastly reduced the usability of the Ciste because without the Chairlift the Link Lift Poma actually became much more important to keeping more of the Ciste genuinely lift served.
Still people are talking about the need to get over the past and look to a cooperative future. No - people have tried to engage CML and HIE for over a decade, they kept talking because they knew they could talk it out till they reached the desired end point.
To turn around CairnGorm Mountain and prevent further economic damage to Strathspey, CML and HIE must be removed from CairnGorm Mountain. No compromises.