Linda Fabiani MSP again raised East Kilbride’s train service in Parliament and welcomed news that the Scottish Government has prioritised the East Kilbride rail route for enhancement. The Cabinet Secretary for Transport told her that he would be making “a positive announcement soon” and confirmed that initial improvements will see longer trains with more seats for passengers.
“Although our train service has been better of late, I was pleased to hear from the Scottish Government that Transport Scotland, Network Rail and Scotrail are working to improve our train service to bring benefits to passengers for years to come.
“I stressed the inadequacy of the single-track line and how it currently does not fit the Scottish Government’s aspirations regarding low emissions and carbon reduction. It is reassuring to know the Cabinet Secretary recognised my concerns and that serious consideration is being given to the infrastructure arrangements to provide a viable alternative to those who currently drive into town.
“Following the exchange in the Chamber, I discussed longer term requirements with Scotrail and Network Rail, also raising the matter of inadequate Park and Ride facilities at East Kilbride’s two stations. East Kilbride is certainly on their agenda, and I will keep residents informed”.
Extract from Official Report – 19.09.2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Transport Scotland, Network Rail and ScotRail regarding the East Kilbride to Glasgow rail line. (S5O-02363)
The Scottish Government has prioritised the East Kilbride and Barrhead routes for enhancement as part of the control period 6 project funding. The first part of the improvement is to run longer trains with more seats for passengers along both routes. The work necessary to deliver that is being pursued urgently, and we expect to make a positive announcement soon.
Transport Scotland, Network Rail and ScotRail are working together closely to develop plans that will deliver better resilience, more capacity, reduced emissions and major passenger benefits during the coming years. Detailed work has already commenced to assess the most economic means of delivering those outcomes.
In his meetings with the ScotRail Alliance and Transport Scotland, will the cabinet secretary stress the inadequacy of the single-track line and the importance of upgrading this commuter line to help the Government with its aspirations regarding low emissions and carbon reduction? As a commuter corridor for Glasgow, the East Kilbride line is crucial.
I recognise the concerns that the member has raised and note that she has raised them recently on behalf of her constituents.
Part of the purpose for which we are carrying out the work that is being done at the moment is to look at how we can improve resilience and capacity on the existing network, particularly on the East Kilbride and Barrhead lines, with the objective of providing more seats and greater reliability. As part of CP6, we are looking at the infrastructure arrangements that are in place and where strategic investments can be made to support greater use of our railways and greater resilience and reliability within them, and, alongside that, to provide people with a positive alternative to driving into town centres in places such as East Kilbride and Glasgow.
The points that the member has raised are not lost on me and they are being considered as part of the work that is being done at the moment.