Date lodged: 18 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Transport Scotland rejecting a bid from East Dunbartonshire Council for support from the Local Rail Development Fund to consider doubling sections of track on the Milngavie-Westerton route on the grounds that “Work is currently being taken forward by Network Rail to investigate current train performance (reliability) problems and determine how forecast demand can be accommodated on the route”, what discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding this work, including (a) what this work comprises and (b) by what date it will be completed.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 27 September 2018
The Scottish Government works closely with industry partners and wider stakeholders to plan rail investment, including regular discussions with Network Rail.
Network Rail and ScotRail are investigating the issues with performance on the Milngavie-Westerton route as part of the Donovan recommendations and targeted infrastructure improvements are being developed which will see capacity enhancements from November with further work scheduled to be completed by March 2019. A further, extensive review of the North Electrics/Argyle Line corridor (which includes Milngavie to Westerton) is planned by the rail industry, which will look at forecast demand and options to meet this with a high performing service.
All options for rail projects will be considered in line with the Scottish Government’s rail investment strategy.