'High-speed rail line no benefit to Scots'

SCOTLAND will not enjoy the benefits of high-speed rail unless the line is continued north of the border, according to Transport Minister Keith Brown.

Loading Comments

While cities in England will enjoy reduced travel times to and from London, passengers from Glasgow and Edinburgh will see limited improvements, he said.

A high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham (HS2) is due to open in 2026, cutting the trip to 49 minutes, and to Manchester by 2032, reducing the trip to 68 minutes.

However, Mr Brown said Scots passengers using existing lines to link up in Manchester or Leeds would see the time cut by only 20% to three hours 38 minutes. Some services could be even slower.

He said: "In 2026 new services on existing tracks will run slower than at present and reductions will be modest.

"There will be little scope to meet rising passenger demand."

Mr Brown said it could result in economic disadvantage for Scotland. He was speaking at the Scottish Parliament Transport Infrastructure and Capital Expenditure Committee, where he outlined the Scottish Government's plan for a high speed line between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He said: "We are planning high-speed between Edinburgh and Glasgow to link to the south. A new line would not only benefit the two cities but relieve pressure on services.

"I don't doubt the UK Government's commitment to high-speed rail, but we need it to come to Scotland."

Mr Brown said he was aware of scepticism after previous governments pledged to include Scotland in high-speed links to the Channel Tunnel, which did not materialise.

stewart.paterson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

My thoughts after Police Scotland are ordered to apologise over IRA interrogation techniques slur.




Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

Sun, sea and sangria beats an active break.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.