Date lodged: 23 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to (a) reopen any former railway stations and (b) improve the provision of rail services across the west of Scotland.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 2 June 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to improving rail services and connectivity within the west of Scotland. We have, through the ScotRail franchise, delivered enhanced services on the Kilmarnock, Ayr and Stranraer route in December 2015 and will introduce new electric trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow route from summer 2017.
We remain willing to consider proposals for new stations and services where a clear rationale has emerged from an appraisal in line with Scottish transport appraisal guidance, where viability has been established through more detailed analysis; and these proposals are subject to affordability in conjunction with consideration of other competing priorities.