Date lodged: 14 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has specified what Network Rail should do to deliver the 20-minute reduction in journey times on the rail line between Aberdeen and the central belt to which it has committed.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 June 2016
The Scottish Government has set out its aspirations for improvements in journey times and performance between Aberdeen and the central belt. It is a matter for Network Rail, working with its rail industry partners, to set out the choices available to the Scottish Government to realise those aspirations, including those set out most recently through the Scottish Government’s commitment to invest an additional £254 million in funding alongside the Aberdeen city region deal commitments. This industry advice will be provided in autumn 2016, informed by the final Network Rail Scotland route study which is due to be published in July 2016.