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Scotland's 30-year rail plan revealed

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Network Rail has published its Scotland Route Study, a 30-year plan for the country’s rail network.

Scotland’s railways will see an increase in users between 2019 and 2043, according to the Scotland Route Study

The study predicts a traffic increase of 135% by 2043, a rise by 128% at Glasgow and 226% in Aberdeen.

Network Rail involved 136 organisations and individuals with the study.

The main theme for the study is the trade off between mix of traffic that can operate on the network, and the quality of service that can be enjoyed at that level. 

“Travel on Scotland’s railway is more popular now than ever before with more than 96m journeys made on our network each year,” said Phil Verster, Network Rail managing director Scotland.

“We have seen passenger numbers nearly double over the last two decades and we need to make sure we have the plans in place to invest confidently in our infrastructure to meet future demand.”

2019-2029 funding choices from the study

  • Four-tracking the East Coast Main Line between Drem-Prestonpans
  • Edinburgh Waverley platform extensions/enhancement of approaches to the station
  • Lengthening services on the Ayrshire and Inverclyde routes
  • Enhancing capacity at Glasgow Central
  • Phased electrification to Perth
  • Electrification of East Kilbride/Barrhead and Kilmarnock/Barassie lines
  • Remodelling Carstairs junction
  • Remodelling Perth Station
  • Route enhancements on Inverness/Aberdeen/Far North.

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