Scottish ministers yesterday set out what they called an “utterly convincing” case for high speed rail network to serve Scotland yesterday, adding work could begin ahead of completion of High Speed 2 (HS2) in England.
Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil said the Scottish government “stood ready” to begin preparatory work and added he was “absolutely convinced” of the benefits of high speed rail.
Advice from Scottish government body the Scottish Partnership Group for high speed rail suggests there could be economic benefits worth £24bn to Scotland. The report also says there is an opportunity for early delivery of an Edinburgh to Glasgow high speed rail connection before HS2 is completed.
Neil said it is essential for England and Scotland to work together to ensure the scheme’s full development.
Scottish Partnership Group for high speed rail advice
Scotland could start sooner rather than later, and ahead of planned completion in England
Those works present an opportunity for early delivery of a Edinburgh to Glasgow High Speed Rail connection
Talks with promoter HS2 Ltd to start work on detailed route planning for high speed lines to and within Scotland to be made a priority
HS2 Ltd urged to consider a direct Edinburgh-Glasgow route as part of a scheme to link to the South