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Scottish rail improvements announced

ScotRail Alliance infrastructure director David Dickson.

Measures to improve the efficiency of Scotland’s rail infrastructure have been published by the ScotRail Alliance.

The Performance Improvement Plan sets out ways to ensure that Scotland’s train infrastructure – such as points, tracks and signals – performs efficiently. The measures include an £8M Asset Improvement Programme, which will identify critical pieces of infrastructure to be replaced or enhanced.

Other plans include tailored upgrades to specific parts of the network, such as Edinburgh and the Borders, along with identifying “golden trains” – services that have the biggest impact on the rail network.

“Our railway is undergoing the biggest period of change and modernisation since the Victorian era,” said ScotRail Alliance infrastructure director David Dickson.

“Over the course of the next year or so, we will be completing huge projects to upgrade our infrastructure, electrifying large parts of the network and introducing new fleets of faster, longer, greener and intercity trains.”

Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf pledged commitment to helping ScotRail deliver a reliable and valuable service.

“Scotland’s railways are currently more popular than ever with 95.5M journeys made in 2015-16, up by a third since 2007,” he said.

“We recognise the pressure this continuing popularity places on some services, most notably during the peak, which is why we are investing the record sum of £5bn up to 2019 to ensure our railway can keep pace with demand.”

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