Scotland

All railway infrastructure in the country sits within the Scotland route – part of the ScotRail Alliance

Network Rail Scotland looks after Scotland’s railway infrastructure, including the world-famous Forth Bridge that connects passengers in Fife, north of Edinburgh, with Edinburgh and the Borders. In May 2015, the Scotland route joined with Abellio ScotRail to form the ScotRail Alliance to improve the network for passengers and businesses.

Passenger numbers in Scotland have increased by 96 per cent since 1995/96 to 96.1 million journeys in 2014/15. This growth is expected to continue, with numbers forecast to double on many busier routes and at major terminal stations. On this page you can read about the projects we’re working on to create more space on the network for more services.

Scotland’s railway is important to its economy, providing links between communities and employment, industries and markets. The rail network was transformed in September 2015 when the Borders Railway reopened after 50 years. Seven new stations and 30 miles of new track made this the longest domestic railway built in Britain for 100 years, and one that has significantly improved rail travel for passengers in the region and brought wider socioeconomic benefits.

Main railway lines:

  • the East Coast Mainline
  • the West Coast Mainline
  • the Highland Mainline from Perth to Inverness
  • the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to the Borders
  • the West Highland Line from Mallaig and Oban in the Scottish Highlands to Glasgow
  • the Edinburgh to Aberdeen from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

The Railway Upgrade Plan in Scotland

Find out how the most ambitious programme of rail modernisation since the Victorian era is progressing in Scotland in our 2017 update.

Safety

We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.