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  • Scotland Route Study

  • The railway in Scotland plays a vital role in the country’s economy, providing links between communities and employment, industries and markets, and access to our cultural heritage from the Borders to the Highlands.

    The area covered by the Scotland Route Study reflects the Network Rail Scotland Route infrastructure from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Gretna in the south to Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso in the North.

    This Route Study has been developed by Network Rail in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including train and freight operating companies, Rail Delivery Group, Office of Rail and Road, and Transport Scotland.

    A draft for consultation document was published in December 2015 (can be accessed via the link below). During the consultation period Network Rail received over 130 responses which are reflected in the final document.

    The purpose of the Route Study is to provide an evidence base that will inform funders in Scotland when considering rail industry investment choices for Control Period 6 and 7 (between 2019 and 2029). It is one of a new generation of studies across Great Britain which will also set out how forecast growth could be met through to 2043.

    This Route Study contains a Market Study of the forecast demand for passenger journeys undertaken wholly within Scotland. It has been combined with the Long Distance Market Study and Freight Market Study (established in 2013), to consider the potential roles that the railway could play in supporting the Scottish economy up to 2043, and identifying opportunities to enable the network to meet the future needs of the people of Scotland.

    A range of choices for funders for Control Period 6 and 7 are identified which include train lengthening, service amendments, as well as infrastructure enhancements. 

    Scotland Route Study
    Scotland Route Study - Appendices

    Scotland Route Study - draft for consultation
    Scotland Route Study - draft for consultation - Appendices

    Scotland Route Study – Consultation Responses