These enhancements will improve connections between the north of Scotland and the Central Belt and boost economic growth for the whole of Scotland.
Phase one of the project was delivered in December 2012, which increased services from 9 to 11 trains per day and reduced journey times by an average of 6 minutes (and on some services by up to 18 minutes) at a cost of £1.2 million.
Transport Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers is working with industry partners to deliver phase two of the £57m Scottish Government funded scheme which aims to provide an hourly service, with average journey times reduced by around 10 minutes. It will also enable potential improvements to the times of the first and last trains between Inverness and the Central Belt and to provide a better distribution of calls at stations between Perth and Inverness. The project is also benefitting from fully refurbished and better performing High Speed Trains on the route.
Works started on the ground during May 2018 and the project is due for completion in March 2019 (infrastructure ready for use) with the aim of having enhanced services to commence with the May 2019 timetable change.
Find out more at Network Rail’s Highland Main Line site