TRIBUTES have been paid to a Tranent father who was killed in a crash in the Highlands.

Alasdair Knox, 45, of Kemp’s End, was riding a motorcycle on the A82 Glencoe-Bridge of Orchy road in the early hours of last Monday when he was involved in a collision with a 4x4 vehicle.

The female driver of the 4x4 was treated in Fort William’s Belford Hospital after suffering injuries to her foot and leg.

The male passenger was released from hospital after treatment to a rib injury.

Alasdair, who had a son, a daughter and a step-son, worked for DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd, Britain’s largest rail freight company, for the last 14 years as a production manager.

Simon Goodwin, area production manager, said his colleague had a “zest for the outdoor life”.

He said: “Alasdair will be sadly missed by all his colleagues within DBS and indeed the wider ­railway family.

“The number of calls and messages received following the sad news is testament to Alasdair’s popularity.

“Having worked in the industry for more than 20 years, Alasdair was respected not only as a friend but for his knowledge and dedication to his work.

“His knowledge and experience of the rail industry were second to none.” Mr Goodwin was “hugely shocked” by Alasdair’s death and said the company was committed to supporting his family during “this difficult time”.

He added: “A crucial member of the DBS team in Scotland, his presence will be sorely missed.

“There are few people I have met who demonstrated the enthusiasm and commitment that Alasdair showed in all aspects of life.

“A family man who enjoyed holidays with his caravan, he had a zest for the outdoor life, enjoying camping, cycling and walking.” Alasdair was described as “popular, bubbly and professional” by former ScotRail colleagues, where he worked from 1986 to 2000.

He worked in various roles ranging from a driver’s assistant to a driver team manager based at Edinburgh Waverley.

A spokeswoman said: “Alasdair will be sorely missed by everyone at ScotRail. We would like to extend our sympathies to his family, friends and other colleagues.” Colin Martin, chair of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council, added: “It’s very sad for his friends and family and it’s another tragedy on the roads. My thoughts and best wishes go out to his friends and family.” Police have appealed for ­witnesses to come forward.

Mr Knox’s family were too upset to talk to the Courier.

A service is being held on Monday at Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel, at 2pm, all welcome. Family flowers only but donations may be given after the service in aid of the RNLI.