Efficient, accessible and integrated stations are crucial to the passenger experience and to ensuring rail is an attractive travel choice which encourages more people out their cars and onto public transport.
There are currently 359 railway stations in Scotland with the vast majority leased to and operated by ScotRail. Network Rail manages Glasgow Central (high level) and Edinburgh Waverley. The Prestwick Airport station is owned and managed by the airport authority.
Since the start of the Abellio ScotRail franchise in 2015, significant investment has been made in improving railway stations from front line improvements to passenger facilities such as better waiting facilities, additional and upgrades to CCTV, new customer information screens, new ticket vending machines and additional car park spaces
In addition, there has been significant investment in retail development such as ‘to go’ kiosks, electric charging bays at stations to promote low emission car usage and additional cycle facilities at railway stations across the rail network.
From a safety and security perspective, £1.4 million has been invested in CCTV installation at stations with Help Points at each station where passengers can speak to someone and get advice.
Together, these investments have led to:
- new lifts
- improved CCTV
- help points
- waiting shelters
- ticket office upgrades
- customer information systems
We’re committed to ensuring that these facilities are maintained and improved over the course of the current franchise.
Scottish Stations Fund
The Scottish Stations Fund (SSF) was announced by Scottish Ministers in April 2012 and commenced operation in 2014. The aim of the fund is to lever third party investment to provide new stations and associated facilities.
The SSF has supported improvements to facilities at a number of stations across the country, including Edinburgh Waverley, Leuchars and Johnstone, with major upgrades planned for Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling stations. Substantial contributions have also been approved for proposed new stations at Robroyston, Kintore, Dalcross. This significant investment will better serve the local communities and ensure wider access to the rail network.
Responsibility to demonstrate the need for a new or improved station lies with the relevant promoter (Local Authority, Regional Transport Partnership or developer).
Stations Community Regeneration Fund
Transport Scotland and Abellio ScotRail are seeking applications for funding from the Stations Community Regeneration Fund. The fund enables local community groups and businesses to take redundant stations properties within the ScotRail lease area and turn them into facilities that benefit local people.
Funding can be used to contribute towards structural repairs and refitting the premises for their intended use. Applications will be assessed on:
- suitability within the current building, businesses and local area
- how they meet a market or community demand
- future benefits expected from the proposal
The Stations Community Regeneration Fund is managed and administered by ScotRail with applications being evaluated jointly in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
Potential applicants should email SCRF@scotrail.co.uk for further information.