Efficient, accessible and integrated stations are crucial to ensuring maximum benefits from Scotland's rail services.
There are currently 359 railway stations in Scotland. Network Rail manages Glasgow Central (high level) and Edinburgh Waverley. The railway station at Prestwick Airport is owned and managed by the airport authority. The rest are leased to and operated by ScotRail.
Scottish stations have improved significantly after considerable investment over the last few years. ScotRail has invested around £20 million on delivering front line improvements to passenger facilities at stations. The Scottish Government also provided £20 million for small schemes between 2006 and 2008, improving station facilities across the country.
Together, these investments have led to:
- new lifts
- improved CCTV
- help points
- waiting shelters
- ticket office upgrades
- customer information systems
Transport Scotland is committed to ensuring that these facilities are maintained and improved over the course of the current franchise, with further investments being made at stations to support smart ticketing and integrated travel. Investment includes enhanced cycle facilities, upgraded ticket vending machines, multi-modal customer information screens and smart ticketing equipment.
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.