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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02695: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government when Network Rail’s work on modernisation of the Perth to Inverness Highland mainline and the Aberdeen to Inverness line will be completed, how much this will cost, and whether it will be completed on time and on budget.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 September 2016

On 5 July 2016 I announced Network Rail had informed Transport Scotland that the delivery of certain major rail projects were at significant risk of not meeting the previously committed delivery milestones and were increasing in costs.

At my instruction, Transport Scotland has been undertaking an intensive review of the programme, including the governance structures for the delivery of major rail projects. This work is expected to conclude in September 2016.

I have also already made clear to the member my intention to bring the review findings and senior Network Rail officials before the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to answer any questions and to set out clearly when Network Rail will deliver the promised improvements and how much they will cost.