Scotland Approves £5bn Rail Investment Plan

20 June 2012 Wednesday, 07:50

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to invest £5bn between 2014 and 2019 to improve rail infrastructure and services.

Of the total investment, about £3bn will be used for rail infrastructure over the five-year period, an additional £1bn will be allocated for network enhancements and £1bn will be used to secure the economic and social benefits of the ScotRail and Caledonian sleeper franchised services.

As part of the investment, new smart ticketing technology will be introduced throughout the rail network by the end of the franchise period.

In addition, the agreement will also see installation of Wi-Fi technology across the network by 2019. According to the Government, over the five year period, Network Rail (NR), which looks after rail infrastructure, will be responsible for the delivery of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvements Programme (EGIP) and the Borders Railway project, the first phase of improvements across the Aberdeen to Inverness corridor.

NR will also oversee the second phase of improvements to the Highland Main Line and the development of a rolling programme of electrification at 100km of track per year upon the completion of EGIP.

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