Scotlands Railway

We believe a better railway for Scotland is possible. And we’re investing over £4 billion to make it a reality.

  • Faster Services

  • More Seats

  • Extra Space

  • Improved Stations

  • New Facilities

Yes, we know it’s not always been easy… but we won’t stop until we’ve created a railway to make a nation proud. Because it’s your railway, it’s Scotland’s railway, it’s a better railway in the making.

Your Railway

A rail network for Scotland

Scotland’s Railway is an integral part of Scotland’s social and economic infrastructure supporting our communities, business and environment.

Scotland's Railway covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the GB rail network.

It provides rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services.

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Your Railway

What's Changed?

5 years of progress

Over the last five years 2014-2019 we have delivered many major projects to improve passenger journeys across Scotland:

To see what else we've got coming up, see our Scotland Route Potential Investment Programme [PDF].

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Benefits of change

Why things are changing

Who and what will benefit?

Enhanced passenger journey experience by improving stations and enabling the cascade of new rolling stock. Faster services, more seats, extra space, improved stations, new facilities.

The rail industry is key to Scotland’s economic success contributing up to £1.3 billion each year and employing more than 13,000 people. Scotland’s Economic Strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s plans to achieve a more productive, cohesive and fairer country, and identifies that Scotland’s railway is key to Scotland’s prosperity and quality of life, sustaining links between our communities to employment opportunities, businesses, industries, market services and educational social facilities.

What will change?

Increased capacity on key routes, with the roll out of electrification, new rolling stock and proposed redeployment of the diesel fleet, and station enhancements. Ensuring the resilience and reliability of our most congested areas will be critical to delivery of a high performing network.

Working with Transport Scotland and industry colleagues to identify opportunities to reduce journey times across the network.

Relentless focus on workforce, passenger and public safety to deliver ‘Everyone Home Safe Every Day’.

We’re investing more to provide increased physical resilience to extreme weather events, to reduce impact upon passenger and freight services. We’re also running a data-driven maintenance and renewal plan called ‘Predict & Prevent’ - utilising remote condition monitoring, risk-based maintenance, train-borne measurement and other technologies to drive the correct intervention at the correct time.

We’re supporting the freight market in Scotland through new and sustainable markets. We’re facilitating the growth of new rail freight business by maximising existing flows and development of new business / terminal facilities.

Benefits of change

What's Next?

Looking ahead

Building for the future

As part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing investment in Scotland’s Railway we have developed a programme of infrastructure improvement options to support the strategic priorities identified by Transport Scotland. This will be a long-term managed plan of deliverable options informed by the industry and with input from local authorities to take account of their development plans.

This incremental programme of improvements to the railway will support current and future demand, aligning resources and funds available to deliver the best railway Scotland has ever had.

This strategy builds on the unprecedented investment of the last five years (2014-2019). Through a pipeline of future identified projects our railway will support Scotland’s social, economic and environmental needs; realising the benefits of rail for communities and business across Scotland.

Projects in development

The following projects will create more space on the network, improve journey times and the frequency of services, as well as enhancing facilities for customers:

  • Growing Lothians and Borders (previously Edinburgh Suburban Enhancement Programme)
  • 7 Cities Connectivity (previously Greenhill Junction Remodel and Dunblane to Perth Corridor Enhancement)
  • Scotland East to England Connectivity (ECML corridor enhancement including early deliverable of new stations at East Linton and Reston)
  • Edinburgh Waverley Western Approach enhancement
  • East Kilbride/Barrhead Corridor Enhancement
  • Far North Line corridor enhancement
  • Central Scotland gauge enhancements

Funding has been committed for continued development and design of the East Kilbride Corridor Enhancement, which will provide a large increase in capacity and significantly enhanced services on that route, as well as electrification.

The electrification of the East Kilbride route is part of the re-establishment of the Rolling Programme of Electrification in Scotland which will contribute to the Scottish Government’s objectives to decarbonise the railway. A number of routes are being prioritised for the first phase of development of this programme.

Following on from the completion of infrastructure works within Edinburgh Waverley in March a public consultation was launched for a master plan that will shape its long-term future – for passengers and the economy.

It comes after footfall at Edinburgh Waverley has more than doubled in the last 10 years to more than 24 million. Estimates suggest this figure will more than double again to more than 49 million by 2048. Led by Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council, the master plan will consider:

  • The growth anticipated at the station
  • The impact of city centre developments
  • Urban planning trends
  • How to enhance Edinburgh Waverley to support the future success of Scotland’s capital city.

The successful completion in the autumn to extend platforms 4 and 5 at Glasgow Queen Street marked a milestone in the delivery of all track and overhead electrification works as part of the station’s £120m redevelopment. Ongoing internally is the fit-out to the basement area, home to the station’s new toilets including a Changing Places facility, while externally the installation of walls to the new structure at the Dundas Street side nears completion. Work remains on track to complete by Spring 2020, with the station transformed into a new landmark within the heart of the city.

Preliminary work to significantly improve the rail network on the approaches to Edinburgh Waverley Station is progressing. The £15 million investment will enable the options for the Edinburgh Waverley Western Approaches (EWWA) project to be taken forward to Outline Business Case. This will explore three infrastructure options for delivering capacity and performance improvements in this section of the railway.

The western approach to Edinburgh Waverley is a critical location on the rail network and one of the busiest in Scotland. This means that a late running train (even by a couple of minutes) can cause significant delays to other services and often a knock-on impact throughout the wider network

The three infrastructure options being explored are:

· A new chord (Almond chord) with flat junctions at both Winchburgh and Almond

· The Almond chord with a flat Winchburgh Junction and a grade separated Almond Junction

· The Almond chord with grade separated junctions at both Winchburgh and Almond

Development of options to enhance the Far North is also continuing with the aim of providing enhanced connectivity, reduced journey times and improved passenger experience for communities along the route.

This project is in detailed design phase of development to support the reopening of the 6·5 km Levenmouth railway, which will connect Leven to the Fife Circle. Reopening for passenger traffic would require the construction of new stations at Cameron Bridge and Levenmouth, which would be served by trains from Kirkaldy and Edinburgh

The appraisal work that has been carried out suggests that improved transport links, which give Leven a direct rail link to the capital, will lead to an enhanced local economy, bringing better access to employment and education and the potential for new investment. Easier and more sustainable travel options will make it easier for people to reach hospitals, schools and visit other areas of the country as well as giving better access to Levenmouth

This is an important step towards Scotland’s Railway connecting more communities to key towns and cities across Scotland.

What's Next?

Scotland's Railway in Numbers

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    Almost 295,000 passengers travel on Scotland’s Railway each weekday

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    Scotland’s railway makes up over 20% of Britain's railway

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    107 million annual rail passenger journeys

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    Over 2500 passenger and freight 50 services per day

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    4.4m tonnes of product transported to, from and within Scotland 2018/19

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    We own and maintain 4715 bridges and manage 591 level crossings

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    13,000 people work on Scotland's Railway

  • Scotland's Railway in Numbers

    It contributes up to £1.3bn each year to Scotland's economy

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Stakeholder priorities

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    Deliver a punctual and reliable railway for passengers and freight services in Scotland and cross border

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    Improve capacity through continuation and completion of activity commenced in CP5 to deliver rolling stock and infrastructure enhancements

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    Improve efficiency and value for money for the taxpayer, fare-payer and rail freight customers

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    More effective integration between Network Rail and rail operators

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    Deliver a reliable infrastructure, resilient to major disruption

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    Work as one railway to build the best railway Scotland has ever had

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Who is Scotland's Railway?

* Around 137 suppliers are involved in total - companies listed here are the main ones.