Local rail development fund

A new Local Rail Development Fund was announced on 22 February 2018.

This £2 million Scottish Government fund was announced in February 2018 with the aim of providing funding to develop community led options to improve local rail connections.  

Glasgow Queen Street StationInvestment in our railways to connect communities remains a priority for the Scottish Government. This new fund will enable local communities to appraise and potentially bring forward proposals aimed at tackling very specific, local rail connectivity issues.

Investing in this appraisal work will allow us to consider these local priorities when planning future investment in our railways.

Applications were invited to the Local Rail Development Fund from any stakeholder organisation with a responsibility or interest in local transport issues.

Transport Scotland hosted a series of stakeholder workshops across Scotland providing information about the Fund and the Rail Enhancements and Capital InvestmentStrategy prior to the closing date for applications in June. 

We received 35 applications to the Fund from various stakeholder organisations including community councils, local authorities, regional transport partnerships, community rail partnerships and rail interest groups.

Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, announced the successful applications at St Andrews on 9 August 2018

Details of the successful applicants are shown below. Note that some projects have an element of matched funding (not shown). Costs are not directly comparable – the transport appraisals cover different geographical areas and different transport issues.

If you would like further information on the Local Rail Development fund, please email Rail.Infrastructure.Strategy@transport.gov.scot.

East Lothian Council

Project: Haddington – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in the Haddington area

Requested LRDF Contribution: £40,000

Fife Council

Project: Cross Forth Travel – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in the Fife and wider travel area
Requested LRDF Contribution: £170,000

Hitrans

Project: HMNB Clyde Transport Opportunities – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in the Helensburgh area
Requested LRDF Contribution: £50,000

Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council

Project: Access to Linlithgow Station – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities around access to Linlithgow Station
Requested LRDF Contribution: £27,000

Nestrans

Project: Accessibility at Insch Station – transport appraisal to assess options to improve accessibility at the station
Requested LRDF Contribution: £25,000

Newburgh Train Station Group

Project: Newburgh – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in the Newburgh area
Requested LRDF Contribution: £82,000

South Lanarkshire Council

Project: Connectivity in Clydesdale – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in the Clydesdale corridor
Requested LRDF Contribution: £25,000

StARLink

Project: St Andrews – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in and around St Andrews
Requested LRDF Contribution: £40,000

Tactran

Project: Bridge of Earn/Oudenarde P&R – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities from and within Bridge of Earn and between South/West Perth, Fife and Edinburgh
Requested LRDF Contribution: £97,000

Project: Stirling Strategic P&R – transport appraisal to assess transport needs and opportunities in and around Stirling
Requested LRDF Contribution: £125,000

 

The Scottish Government’s Rail Enhancements and Capital Investment Strategy

The Rail Enhancements and Capital Investment Strategy outlines the new ‘pipeline’ approach to planning and funding rail projects. Successful applications to the Local Rail Development Fund will follow the process outlined in the diagram on page 9 of the Investment strategy.

Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance

In any case where it is likely that Government funding, support or approval will be sought for any further development, promoters must confirm that they will complete a transport appraisal in line with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG).

STAG comprises four sequential phases and is applied proportionally and comprehensively with the level of detail determined by the extent of the study area, the nature and scale of transport problems, potential transport options and the impact of options in the study area.

The process is impartial and objective-led rather than being solution-led which means that STAG provides a robust and consistent evidence base for decision-makers. The four sequential stages are:

  • Initial Appraisal: Case for Change
  • Preliminary Options Appraisal
  • Detailed Options Appraisal (including proposals for monitoring and evaluation)
  • Post Appraisal

At each stage of this process there will be a decision point (with the exception of post appraisal) to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the appraisal. Accordingly, funding from the Local Rail Development Fund will be provided in stages and it will only be possible to proceed to the next stage of appraisal when it can be demonstrated that there is sufficient justification to progress and commit further resources to the Preliminary Options Appraisal and Detailed Options Appraisal stages.

Transport Scotland’s Strategic Transport Planning team can provide advice on the application of STAG and Transport Scotland’s published business case guidance.