Date lodged: 24 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is the proposal by Reform Scotland to establish a rail infrastructure commission.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 November 2018
We agree with Reform Scotland that many of Network Rail’s central functions would be more effectively carried out if they were devolved to the Scottish route. The UK Rail Review affords the opportunity to explore this further.
Within the current arrangements a robust framework for continued investment in rail for the next 15-20 years is provided through the High Level Output Specification (with its focus on improving performance, reducing journey times, efficient electrification and increasing the capacity and capability of the Scottish rail network) together with the Rail Enhancements & Capital Investment Strategy and the outputs of the forthcoming second Strategic Transport Projects Review.