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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-24139

Investing in Scotland’s Railways

Submitted by: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Supported by: Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gil Paterson, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament believes that investing in expanding, upgrading and decarbonising the rail network could play an important role in Scotland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, creating jobs and reducing emissions from other forms of transport; welcomes the growing debate around future investment plans for rail, including the proposals set out in the Rail for All report; notes the view that upgrading and electrifying the Highland Main Line in particular could be of strategic importance, given its importance to Highland communities; understands that transport freight by rail to the Highlands could make a significant contribution to reducing emissions and relieving congestion on roads, and notes calls for the rapid decarbonisation of Scotland’s rail network in line with the country's climate targets.