Date lodged: 16 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the Far North Line Working Group's proposals.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 23 January 2019
The Far North Line Review Team has made significant progress since establishment in 2017, including identifying an improved timetable for the route, removal of temporary speed restrictions, identification of possible infrastructure enhancement options, linespeed increases, trials for an improved request stop process, development work to enhance token operated points and token transfers, and upgrades to level-crossings.
Benefits from these combined enhancements and interventions include improved passenger experience and safety, timetable resilience and journey time reductions. The Team will meet for the final time in February and the outputs will be taken forward by Transport Scotland and it's industry partners.