Scotland: by road, rail and tram

Wednesday 7th September 2016
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The proposed rail link to Glasgow Airport is raising concern  over the timetable with  ongoing claims that the national transport agency is lukewarm over the  scheme.  Heads of Renfrewshire and Glasgow councils are to meet with Scotland's new transport minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, to seek a definitive commitment on its delivery. The rail link is the flagship project being promoted by West of Scotland Councils as part of the £1billion-plus City Deal, with a new business case set to be submitted at the end of this year but is a political quagmire.

Edinburgh's tram service began in May 2014, but only after six years of disruption and a bitter dispute between the city council and its contractor.

The previous Labour-led Scottish government originally earmarked £375m to pay for the network. It ended up costing £776m and running years late. Now major rail improvement projects in Scotland are falling behind schedule with costs spiralling, according to a new report. The analysis of Network Rail’s performance found the electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow is unlikely to be completed by December this year, with “slow progress” on improvement work to the Highland mainline and to the route between  Aberdeen to Inverness.

The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme is to enable faster-accelerating and longer electric trains to run between the cities. Network Rail Work on the 42-mile link. This is now £32m over budget and seven months late because overhead wires and railway bridge walls are too low to meet safety standards.  This has resulted in rip-up and re-start again for some sections, passengers  facing a fresh round of time-table chaos.


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