Date lodged: 5 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards the electrification of the Glasgow suburban rail network.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 January 2017
The majority of the Glasgow suburban rail network is already electrified. Since 2007 the Glasgow electrified suburban rail network has already been expanded by the addition of through electric services to Edinburgh through Airdrie and Bathgate, followed by the electrification of the Paisley Canal route in 2012 and the Glasgow to Cumbernauld and Whifflet routes in 2014.
The Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) continues to make good progress, with physical electrification work on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High route nearing completion and the first electric trains expected to enter service in July 2017. The Shotts Electrification project, scheduled for completion by March 2019, will also make a significant contribution towards the main investment objectives of delivering improvements to strengthen the connectivity between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The electrification of the Stirling Dunblane Alloa lines (SDA) is also progressing, with the first electric trains expected to enter service in December 2018.
Further electrification schemes in the Glasgow area will be considered as part of the broader rail infrastructure strategy and investment priorities beyond 2019. Any investment decisions will be subject to business case and affordability.