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S5W-09001: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what upgrades are planned for rail services between Aberdeen and the central belt, other than doubling the single track at Usan, and what impact these will have on journey times.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 10 May 2017

Building on the committed Revolution in Rail programme, which will deliver more services, more capacity and high speed trains in 2018, the Scottish Government, through its recently established Aberdeen to Central Belt Reference Group, will be reviewing and assessing timetable, rolling stock and infrastructure options to improve journey time and enhance capacity between Aberdeen and Central Belt (including consideration of the value of double tracking Usan Junction and the South Esk viaduct) with a view to making proposals that will be implemented within the time frame of the Aberdeen City Deal, as previously announced.