Prioritisation of rail projects

Getting it right for rail

We continue to make record investment in maintaining and improving our rail network. To sustain and enhance Scotland’s Railway, a suite of projects is either under appraisal, in development or in delivery across the country, within this current rail funding period (Control Period 6: 2019-2024) and beyond.

The aims of our projects align with wider planning and transport priorities including:

  • tackling environmental issues through electrification and exploring and deploying new technologies such as battery and hydrogen trains
  • providing enhanced and sustainable connectivity through delivery of our decarbonisation plans
  • improving the reliability of services

The next key projects across Scotland that we will take forward in the coming years are detailed below. In addition to these committed projects, more are under consideration, subject to further development of their business case and the method of funding.

Commenced

  • Aberdeen Station Improvements
  • Cadder Yard
  • Carstairs strategic renewals
  • *East Kilbride Improvements (including Electrification)
  • *Levenmouth Branch Reopening, and Electrification for Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) operation
  • *Motherwell Station Improvements

Committed

  • *25kV Feeder Stations to support the Rolling Programme of Electrification and Decarbonised Rolling Stock Deployment
  • Aberdeen to Central Belt Improvements
  • *Borders - Partial Electrification to enable Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) replacement of diesel rolling stock
  • Dalcross – New Station
  • Dunkeld Station Improvement Scheme (linked to A9 Dualling)
  • East Linton - New Station
  • *Electrification of Barrhead Corridor
  • Fort William train cleaning facility
  • Forth Bridge Walk Experience
  • *Haymarket to Dalmeny Electrification to support Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) services to Leven
  • *Infrastructure clearance to run larger freight containers and electrified rolling stock
  • Inverness Caledonian Sleeper Accommodation Works
  • *Inverness Station Masterplan
  • *Perth Station Enhancement
  • Portobello Junction to Newcraighall Improvements
  • Reston - New Station
  • Rolling Programme of Electrification - development of future phases, to align with life-expiry of current ScotRail diesel fleets
  • Schemes to facilitate A9 Dualling
  • Signalling enhancements (south of Perth) for faster passenger journey times
  • Station Accessibility Projects at Aviemore, Nairn, Pitlochry, Kingussie
  • Stirling Station Improvement
  • Track realignment (north of Perth) for higher linespeeds and performance benefits
  • *Waverley Masterplan - Development of Phase 1 (of 2)
  • West of Fife Enhancements (Alloa to Longannet - Electrification and New Stations), linked to TALGO (bidder for HS2 contract)
  • Winchburgh - New Station

*Projects detailed in STPR2 Phase 1

Under active consideration

  • Aberdeen to Central Belt Electrification
  • Aberdeen to Inverness Electrification
  • Aberdeen to Inverness Improvements (Phase 2)
  • Ayr Station Replacement/Renewal
  • Delney Level Crossing Closure
  • Dunblane-Hilton route clearance for future electrification
  • Electrification - Ayrshire and Glasgow & South West
  • Electrification - Dunfermline Queen Margaret to Longannet
  • Electrification - Fife Circle
  • Electrification - Fife to Perth and Dundee
  • Highland Mainline Electrification
  • Improvements at stations - Glasgow High Street, Anderston Station, Glasgow Central Low Level, SECC
  • Improving the Value of the Far North Railway (Phases 1 , 2 & 3) - various capacity and journey time improvements
  • Kyle Lines Enhancement
  • Station Accessibility Project at Carstairs
  • Waverley Masterplan - Development Phase 2 (of 2)
  • West Highland Corridor Enhancement

The key investments are part of our journey towards net zero. Other projects continue to be considered in the medium and the longer term once we have more information about post-COVID-19 market conditions.

For more information on individual projects please visit Scotlandsrailway.com.

Our investment to date

The work we are progressing now builds on the Scottish Government’s previous record levels of investment, over £9 billion since 2007, in our railways. This has delivered 16 new stations, new routes including the Airdrie-Bathgate and Borders lines, and electrified the majority of the network in the Central Belt of Scotland.

At the start of the most recent five year rail funding period (Control Period 6: 2019-2024), our priority was the completion of a suite of rail improvements, electrification and the introduction of associated services:

This rail funding period (2019-2024) also includes a 21% increase in our investment on the day to day running of Scotland’s rail network, in comparison to the previous funding period, which will deliver improved performance and resilience over time.

Building back greener

While the COVID-19 outbreak has created unprecedented pressures on the priorities of government, the vision proposed through the National Transport Strategy for a fairer and greener transport system, remains as relevant in guiding our actions through and out of this crisis, as it does for the protection of our climate and for our future sustainable economic growth.

Our commitment to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change is unwavering and is central to our green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our economic recovery must be a green recovery, which is inclusive of the needs of communities across Scotland.

In line with this, all rail projects have been subject to robust review supported by evidence-based information focusing on the rationale for investment, how the project outcomes align with NTS2 objectives, STPR2 outcomes and the key themes of the Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Our plans also take into account the short-medium term impacts of the pandemic on travel patterns, as well as the need to reassess future forecasts for growth in freight and passenger capacity.