Date lodged: 11 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to a new railway station at Parkhead Forge on the Airdrie line, which would also serve Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 18 April 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to improving connectivity across the rail network but have no plans for a new rail station at Parkhead Forge. However, the Scottish Government has recently published the Local Rail Development Fund and the Rail Enhancements and Capital Investment Strategy. The Strategy sets out the approach to investment in our railways and underlines that we will focus firstly on maintaining and renewing the existing core network, then exploiting all reasonable service based opportunities to deliver service and capacity improvements and to meet key strategic objectives, before considering any infrastructure-led solutions. It also introduces a new ‘pipeline’ approach for rail enhancement projects which will ensure that decisions are made following industry engagement with local stakeholders, when business cases are fully developed and both price and affordability are certain. The £2million Scottish Government fund will allow stakeholder organisations with a responsibility or interest in local transport issues, including local interest groups, to commission appraisal work to evaluate very specific, local rail connectivity issues.