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First phase of £1bn Edinburgh rail project consultation complete

Network Rail has completed the first phase of its consultation into the £1bn Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The infrastructure project covers eight local authorities covering almost two thirds of Scotland’s population. Around 200 public meetings were held and more than 500,000 information leaflets distributed.

The consultation, which started in June, received over 450 submissions and because of the high levels of interest the closing date was extended from November to January.

“EGIP will deliver significant benefits for communities across central Scotland, reducing journey times and increasing service levels across key routes,” Network Rail route managing director for Scotland David Simpson.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “The responses received will ensure that EGIP continues to be developed in the most informed manner, the volume of interest also demonstrates the vital social and economic role that Scotland’s railways play in the fabric of Scottish life.”

EGIP is being funded by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, with the new infrastructure financed through Network Rail’s Regulatory Asset Base.

More about the EGIP

  • The scheme will see an increase from 10 or 11 services per hour to 13 on all routes between the two cities
  • Create a fastest journey time of 37 minutes between the two cities
  • Introduce new and increased service opportunities between Alloa/Dunblane and Glasgow — reducing journey times by up to 10 minutes.
  • Introduce new and increased service opportunities between Dunblane and Edinburgh — reducing journey times by up to five minutes
  • Create a new rail/tram interchange station at Gogar (Edinburgh Gateway) facilitating access to Edinburgh airport and the surrounding area
  • Transform Haymarket station into a modern interchange facility
  • Provide additional capacity for services between Edinburgh and Fife and the North East of Scotland
  • Electrify eight routes in the central belt, or 350km of the existing rail network.

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