Scotland looks to cut rail time to London

November 8 2017   | Region: Scotland

Scotland looks to cut rail time to London
Options to take forward rail improvements that promise faster journey times between Scotland and London have been set out by the Scottish First Minister.
 
Nicola Sturgeon told an audience of business leaders in Newcastle that feasibility studies have been commissioned to boost rail capacity and reliability on both the East and West Coast rail lines either side of the border.
 
It is hoped that works between Dunbar in East Lothian and Newcastle, along with an upgrade from Carstairs in South Lanarkshire to Glasgow will help to reduce journey times between Scottish cities and London to three hours.
 
“I am determined for us to take the necessary steps to secure Scotland’s future and improve our connectivity with England,” the First Minister said. “This work will provide us with the knowledge to make informed investments in the next 10 years and move us towards our goal of a three hour journey time to London and substantially reduced journey times to the cities in between.”
 
Also this week, politicians in Scotland met to discuss improvements to railways north of Aberdeen which could see a rail service reinstated towards the towns of Dyce and Ellon. Three options have been put forward – ranging from £270M to £381M – and forecasts indicate a new rail service could attract up to 700,000 journeys a year.
 
Local transport partnership Nestrans chair Peter Argyle said that reinstating the line would be popular among travellers, environmentally beneficial and bring wider benefits to the area. But he added: “At this moment in time it would require ongoing subsidy.”
 
Also on the local agenda are proposals to upgrade the A90 and A952 north of Aberdeen.
 
(Photo: Network Rail)

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