Transport Scotland is committed to improving Scotland’s rail network. 26.5 miles of new railway, 6 new stations and the electrification of the Paisley Canal line have been delivered since 2007. Scottish Ministers want to build on recent successes and have arranged a £5 billion programme of investment in Scotland’s railway infrastructure for the next 5 years (2014 – 2019).
This programme includes £3 billion in capital investment, which will enable us to deliver strategic enhancements in the Central Belt, Borders, and the North East and in the Highlands.
The Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Improvements project will deliver significant journey time improvements and greater connectivity for both passenger and freight services.
Phase one of the scheme aims to deliver enhanced commuter services into each city and to facilitate the construction of new stations at Kintore and Dalcross by 2019. On 28 March 2014, the First Minister announced a package of enhancements worth £170 million which will be delivered over the next five years.
The Edinburgh Glasgow Rail Improvement Programme (EGIP) is a comprehensive programme of improvements to Scotland’s railway infrastructure, rolling stock and service provision, which will provide a major boost to the wealth of Scotland and its long term economic sustainability.
The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station will transform the passenger experience and enable existing platforms to be extended to accommodate longer trains and maintain currently timetabled services.
Transport Scotland is also looking at cross-border links and, in particular, the economic and environmental benefits that high speed rail can bring to Scotland.