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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09683: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether a decision has been made on electrifying the rail line between East Kilbride and Glasgow and, if not, when it will it made and by whom.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 27 June 2017

The Scottish Government recognises the benefits that electrification brings in terms of improved journey times and connectivity, as well as environmental benefits and reduced industry costs.

The Scottish Government’s investment strategy for the railway network beyond 2019 is currently being developed and has been informed by a range of evidence, including industry advice and a consultation exercise. It is in this context that electrification schemes, such as those involving the route between Glasgow and East Kilbride, will be considered. Any investment decisions will be subject to a fully developed business case, affordability and deliverability.