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As part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing investment in the 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 pipeline of future identified projects our railway will support Scotland’s social, economic and environmental needs; realising the benefits of the rail for communities and business across Scotland.
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:
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 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.
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