Date lodged: 14 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when ministers instructed Network Rail to commence a feasibility study, as stated by Keith Brown on 9 June 2016 (Official Report, c. 4), into delivering the 20-minute reduction in journey times on the rail line between Aberdeen and the central belt to which it has committed.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 June 2016
Work has been progressing on options for improving the Aberdeen to central belt route since the publication of the strategic transport projects review inOctober 2009 with progress subject to budgets and resources available. Transport Scotland and ScotRail alliance officials met on 10 February 2016 to discuss options for potential interventions to deliver travel benefits on the line within the timeframe of the city region deal made possible by the additional £200 million commitment. Initial discussions have identified potential options for delivery between Aberdeen and Dundee, which will be developed further in line with Network Rail’s governance for railway investment projects process.