Abellio ScotRail’s plans to introduce High Speed Trains on Scottish InterCity routes
(as above at Aviemore) needs a matching programme from Network Rail to upgrade track,
where possible, to support speeds above 100 mph, and to double the remaining single
track sections. Faster InterCity rail journeys are essential to compete with improved
Extension of HS2 to Edinburgh and Glasgow will bring HSL technology (as above on
HS1) to Anglo-
Route options for High Speed to Scotland are being evaluated by HS2 Ltd.
Tourism and Trains
Scottish scenic lines such as the West Highland Line are impressive feats of engineering
SAPT welcomes Abellio’s plans to introduce upgraded tourist trains on the West Highland, Kyle, Far North, Stranraer and Borders lines. This is an opportunity to develop inclusive tours combining ferry and coach connections with scenic rail journeys to boost tourism.
The Scottish Government committed to electrify 100 track km per year until 2019,
plus the Edinburgh-
A strategy is needed for continuing electrification. SAPT suggests that priority should be completion of electrification of the Glasgow suburban network to East Kilbride, Kilmarnock and Maryhill, followed by Fife Circle lines from Edinburgh (if Forth Bridge problems can be overcome).
Extending electrification to Aberdeen and Inverness should be phased with eventual replacement of the Abellio HST fleet (see below) in 2026.
Following very successful re-
Further important conurbations that lost passenger rail services include Leven, Hawick
and Ellon. Railway tracks remain to Levenmouth and passenger trains could be re-
There is also demand to reconnect Hawick, Ellon and St. Andrews to the rail network.