Date lodged: 9 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage further investment in the Carstairs Junction area to accommodate the service demand until 2043 that was forecast by Network Rail in its report, Scotland Route Study.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 August 2016
The Scottish Government is funding Network Rail’s on-going development and detailed design of options to enhance Carstairs junction to improve line speeds and increase capacity and performance levels. Final decisions on investment will be subject to confirmation of the business case and affordability as well as agreement on a suitable funding model to reflect the distribution of financial benefits, the vast majority of which will accrue to UK Government sponsored cross-border franchises.