Date lodged: 16 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position on the possible electrification of the Dumfries-Kilmarnock rail line; how much it would cost to electrify the line, and what the reduction in journey times would be.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 September 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to rail electrification recognising the key benefits it brings in terms of improved journey times and connectivity, environmental benefits and reduced industry costs. As part of this commitment we will include all remaining non-electrified routes, including the Dumfries - Kilmarnock line, in future electrification strategies, however delivery will be subject to consideration against other rail priorities and sufficient resources being available.