Investing in Scotland's Railway

A programme of proposed railway projects aimed at sustaining investment in Scotland’s Railway was unveiled at the Rail North of the Border conference in Glasgow in March 2019.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson shared information on a suite of proposed projects under consideration across the length and breadth of Scotland, including:

  • relieving overcrowding in a dense commuter area through the proposed East Kilbride and Barrhead project
  • improving the reliability of services to the Scottish Borders and beyond
  • more services and faster journeys between our major cities, including Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness
  • improving services to our rural communities on the West Highland and Far North Lines
  • tackling environmental issues through electrification and exploring new technologies such as battery and hydrogen trains.

There will also be a 21% increase in the expenditure on the day to day running of Scotland’s rail network, which will deliver improved performance and resilience over time.

The Rail North of the Border Conference brought together almost 300 rail experts in Glasgow to look ahead to the next the next rail funding period. Rail Control Period 6 runs from 2019 to 2024 and will bring change in funding mechanisms, a change in approach and change in project management. As we implement this change, the Scottish Government is committed to investing in a strong, sustainable railway that meets future demand.

Building on our significant track record of £8bn investment in Scotland’s Railway since 2007, we will progress identified programmes in the next five years which aim to support longer-term capacity needs. Central to this will be an integrated, cross-organisational partnership approach.

The priority will be the completion of the current suite of rail improvements and the introduction of associated services. These are:

  • Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme
  • Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa electrification
  • Shotts Line electrification
  • Dunbar station additional platform
  • Aberdeen to Inverness Improvements (Phase One)
  • Highland Main Line Improvements (Phase Two)

Read the guide to Scotland’s Railway (Control Period 6: 2019 - 2024)