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Scottish rail infrastructure vision unveiled

Glasgow Central

The Scottish rail industry has published its vision for infrastructure spending on its railways, which includes new stations and tracks.

The report lists a series of projects necessary to improve Scotland’s railways and has been published by the Rail Delivery Group, which is made up of bodies that work on Scotland’s rail such as Network Rail and ScotRail. It says the first phase of the Aberdeen to Inverness Enhancement is already set to start during CP5 but may nudge over into CP6, as may the Queen Street Station remodelling in Glasgow.

The Group says the consequences of not progressing with the Edinburgh Suburban Enhancement Programme would be ‘significant’. This is because of the future dependence of Central Belt passenger services on the network to the east of Edinburgh.

The programme has a vision for work from 2019 onwards, progressing on from work due to be done in the next couple of years, will ensure all freight can bypass Edinburgh Waverley, thereby increasing its passenger capacity. It will also improve capacity at Portobello Junction.

Improvements to Glasgow Central Station are also suggested, which include the extension and remodelling of existing platforms as well as adding new lines. It suggests a new Glasgow City Centre Station should also be considered.

The report will help decide what goes into the Scottish Government’s High Level Output Specification, which is due to be published this summer.

“Drawing on the views of experts across the industry, including the ScotRail Alliance, this document will support the Scottish Government and other funders to make important decisions about the future the railway. It demonstrates the industry’s determination to work together to better understand and meet the needs of current and future customers,” said chair of the Rail Delivery Group’s Planning Oversight Group and Director of Network Strategy and Planning at Network Rail Jo Kaye.

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