14 December 2011 — Publication of Fast Track Scotland.
12 November 2012 — Nicola Sturgeon MSP, then Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Investment, Infrastructure and Cities announced that Transport Scotland were assessing the case for bringing forward a high speed link between Edinburgh and Glasgow, in anticipation of a subsequent link to London. View the speech (PDF).
1 November 2013 — Announcement of a joint study of high speed options north of Manchester and Leeds to Scotland.
21 March 2016 — Publication of HS2 Ltd’s Broad options for upgraded and high speed railways to the North of England and Scotland report and Transport Scotland’s High Speed Rail Scotland Summary Report.
These two reports were launched at an event held in Edinburgh Waverley railway station. Keith Brown MSP, then Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, and Robert Goodwill MP, UK Minister for Transport with responsibility for High Speed Rail, jointly announced that:
“…in this control period (up to 2019) the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland will take forward work with Network Rail to identify any and all options with strong business cases, for consideration for implementation in Control Periods 6 and 7 (2019 to 2029), that can improve journey times, capacity, resilience and reliability on routes between England and Scotland. This will include consideration of how these improvements can be future-proofed to allow further progress towards 3 hour journeys.”
Keith Brown also announced that this work would be informed by a public conversation with targeted stakeholders, which would commence in June 2016.
The High Speed Rail Scotland Summary Report allowed the conclusion to be drawn that it is clear that any high speed rail built between Edinburgh and Glasgow would be conditional on the nature of high speed rail coming from the south and would, in order to form part of any high speed rail network, need to align with the technical requirements of that infrastructure.