Date lodged: 8 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22666 by Michael Matheson on 7 May 2019, which set out the rail sector's contribution to the economy, what estimate it has made of this contribution if trains ran on time.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 May 2019
The previous report referred to in question S5W-22666 estimated the economic contribution of rail in Scotland in 2016. The Scottish Government has continued its significant investment programme for Scotland’s Railways. This has seen the introduction of new infrastructure, increased new and electric trains delivering more services and more seats for passengers. This programme of investment will continue, and a subsequent review of the economic benefits realised through these initiatives will be scheduled, at a time yet to be determined. Any future report’s will take into account all relevant factors which contribute to the running of the railway.