Date lodged: 12 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what dialogue ministers have had with the (a) Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) Department for Transport regarding unblocking any infrastructure constraints in England that may impede the delivery of improved rail journey times between Edinburgh and London.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 25 May 2016
On 21 March 2016 Keith Brown, as Cabinet Secretary of Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, and Robert Goodwill MP, Transport Minister at the UK Government, announced that the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland would take forward work in this control period [2014-19] with Network Rail to identify any and all options with strong business cases, for consideration for implementation in CP6 and 7 [2019-29] that can improve journey times, capacity, resilience and reliability on routes between England and Scotland. The Department for Transport and Transport Scotland officials are currently in the process of setting up a joint working group with Network Rail as a vehicle for taking this commitment forward.