Cities in line for rail boost

Rail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow could be increased to up to six trains an hour and journey times reduced to 35 minutes under plans unveiled last week.

Transport minister Stewart Stevenson announced a ten-year investment programme that would see the electrification of the line at a cost of about £125 million.

This would be partly financed by scrapping the £650 million Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (Planning, 28 September, p1).

When planned investment in other central Scotland routes is included there could be as many as 13 services between the two cities every hour within ten years.

There are currently four trains an hour between Edinburgh and Glasgow and journey times are 50 minutes.


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