Scotland railway business news

News about railway operations, infrastructure, suppliers and policy in Scotland, from Rail Business UK

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Separate MDs appointed for Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail


    UK: Separate Managing Directors have been appointed for infrastructure manager Network Rail in Scotland and for passenger train operator ScotRail, though the organisations have stressed their commitment to the current alliance model of close co-operation. Both Managing Director roles are currently held jointly by Alex Hynes, ...

  • Alex Hynes (Photo Network Rail)
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    Alex Hynes appointed DfT Director General Rail Services


    UK: The Department for Transport has appointed Alex Hynes as Director General Rail Services. He is due to join on a two-year secondment from his current position as Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway on April 15. Interim Director General Anit Chandarana will return to Network Rail ...

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    ScotRail trials Smart Kiosk ticket machine


    TICKETING: ScotRail is trialling a Smart Kiosk ticket vending machine supplied by Cammax which is designed to provide passengers in Scotland with a wider range of ticket options and information. As well as purchasing tickets on the day of travel, passengers can obtain live travel information, including ...

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    Edinburgh council to consult on north-south tram plan


    UK: City of Edinburgh Council is to undertake public consultation to inform the development of a strategic business case for a north-south tram route running from Granton via the city centre to BioQuarter and beyond. Route The preferred route runs from Granton ...

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    Scottish rail electrification framework procurement underway


    UK: Network Rail has begun procurement for a framework contract covering the ‘efficient, consistent development, delivery, entry into service and handback’ of electrification to decarbonise rail operations in Scotland. This forms part of the Aberdeen Route Upgrade Electrification programme worth £250m-£300m and the £50m-£60m electrical safety ...

  • East Linton station opening
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    East Linton station opens


    UK: East Linton station on the East Coast Main Line opened on December 13. ScotRail and TransPennine Express will provide 22 services each weekday with an average journey time to Edinburgh of 22 min. The £15m station was built by contractor BAM Nuttall with AECOM providsing ...

  • Glasgow Subway Stadler train (Photo SPT) (3)
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    Glasgow Subway’s Stadler trains enter passenger service


    UK: The first two of 17 trainsets that Stadler is supplying to replace the Glasgow Subway fleet entered passenger service with a soft launch on the afternoon on December 11. The trains have been custom-made to the unique specifications of the 10·5 km circular underground line, ...

  • East Kilbride (Photo Network Rail)
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    Network Rail awards East Kilbride electrification contracts


    UK: Network Rail has awarded the main works contracts for the East Kilbride Enhancement Project, which includes electrification of the line near Glasgow. The announcement on November 22 follows the confirmation of Scottish government funding in September, The contracts totalling £61·5m have been awarded to Story ...

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    Edinburgh tram inquiry report sets out reasons for delays and cost increases


    UK: The long-awaited report of the inquiry into why the Edinburgh tram project incurred delays, cost more than budgeted and was reduced in scope was finally published on September 19. The construction of the line from the city’s airport to Newhaven was initially budgeted at £545m ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    ScotRail to trial all-day Off Peak fares


    UK: Off Peak tickets on routes where fares are controlled by ScotRail will be valid all day under a six-month trial running from October 3 until March 29 2024. The Scottish government-funded project aims to encourage people to travel by rail instead of car. ScotRail said ...

  • Electrification
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    East Kilbride electrification funding confirmed


    UK: The Scottish government has confirmed funding for the East Kilbride Enhancement Project, saying a rolling programme of electrification forms a key element of its transport decarbonisation plans. The announcement on September 6 confirms £96·3m of funding for project delivery. This is on top of £43·5m ...

  • Leven reopening Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop and Alex Hynes
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    Levenmouth reopening tracking completed


    UK: Scottish Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop installed a ceremonial golden Pandrol clip on August 25 to mark completion of tracklaying on the Levenmouth Rail Link project. The main works for the project to reinstate the line between Thornton Junction and Leven began in March 2022. These ...

  • ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153 and Class 156 (Photo ScotRail)
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    Network Rail publishes £4·2bn CP7 Strategic Business Plan for Scotland


    UK: Network Rail Scotland has published its £4·2bn Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 7, covering the five years from April 1 2024. The document is NR’s response to the Scottish government’s High Level Output Statement, which detailed what it wants Scotland’s Railway to deliver in ...

  • Caledonian Sleeper train at Rannoch (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Caledonian Sleeper moves to Scottish government ownership


    UK: The first Caledonian Sleeper night train services under Scottish government ownership ran on June 25, following the end of the contract previously held by Serco. The last Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd trains ran on the night of Friday June 23, as there is no Saturday ...

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    ScotRail fare rises announced


    UK: ScotRail fares are to increase by 4·8% from July 3, with no increase for season tickets and flexi-passes. Transport Scotland said disposable income in Scotland rose by 6% in the year to Q4 2022, and the fare rise was calculated based on being equal overall ...

  • Edinburgh Trams extension opens
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    Edinburgh tramway extension to Newhaven opens


    UK: The Newhaven extension of the Edinburgh tramway opened at midday on June 7, adding 4·69 km and eight stops to the line. Trams run every 7 to 10 min from 06.00 to midnight, seven days a week. A piper accompanied the first tram into the ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    Scottish Rail Holdings board members appointed


    UK: On April 26 Scotland’s Minister for Transport Kevin Stewart announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to the board of Scottish Rail Holdings, the non-departmental public body wholly owned by the Scottish government which acts as the owning group for train operator ScotRail. Richard Cairns ...

  • ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153 and Class 156 (Photo ScotRail)
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    ScotRail to carry more bikes to Mallaig


    UK: ScotRail has increased its capacity for carrying bicycles on the West Highland line with the introduction of Highland Explorer DMUs on services to and from Mallaig.

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    Scottish Transport Minister Kevin Stewart aims to prioritise passenger needs


    UK: ‘Our aim for public ownership of ScotRail is delivering a service which listens and responds to passenger need’, said Kevin Stewart, when he was appointed Minister for Transport by Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf. Stewart was elected as Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen ...

  • Inverness Airport station inauguration February 2 2023
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    Inverness Airport station opens


    UK: Inverness Airport station opened to passengers on February 3, after being inaugurated by Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth the previous day. The station 12 km northeast of the city on the line to Aberdeen is intended to improve transport links to the airport, business park ...