Revised Edinburgh/Glasgow rail plans unveiled
July 4 2012
The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme will reduce the current 50 min hop to just 40 min and include the upgrade of Queen Street Station to form a new “hub” terminus as well as creation of an Edinburgh Gateway Station to serve Edinburgh Airport.
The £650m plans are some £300m cheaper than originally envisaged after Transport Scotland agreed to delay both an increase in service frequency and electrification of the Dunfermline/Alloa line.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The rail industry is always evolving and we have taken advantage of a number of developments to future proof this project. While the original EGIP plans were the best possible way of achieving these improvements at the time, the new proposals not only secure faster times between Edinburgh and Glasgow they will increase capacity, revitalise Queen St Station and protect local commuter services into Glasgow.
“The new scheme, which is already on site at Haymarket Station, will not only save hundreds of millions for the public purse but will also play a part in guaranteeing we have a railway service for the future.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “Initial plans suggested that train services in the north of Glasgow would have been diminished by this investment. However, I am pleased that the Transport Minister has given me a personal assurance that this will not be the case. Further discussions will take place with Transport Scotland to ensure that Glasgow’s local rail services best meet the needs of passengers.”
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