A Scottish government fund worth £2 million will be available to help develop and improve local rail connections from April this year.
The fund was announced by Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and the Islands, as part of an ongoing commitment by the Scottish government to improve the country’s infrastructure.
This investment will benefit community-led initiatives and will help local organisations carry out any appraisal work on options to improve community access to rail services.
It will help the Scottish government and Transport Scotland tackle what are described as “specific, local rail connectivity issues”
Plans are being put in place regarding the practical processes around applications for access to the fund, along with assessment and governance procedures.
Once these are put in place, the Scottish government will launch the fund.
Connectivity issues could be the difference between unlocking housing on the routes near the railways, to driving economic growth by making it easier to commute, thanks to greater access.
And Mr Yousaf spoke of the “vital” services, as well as how the fund will enable local communities.
He said: “Rail services are vital to the economic and social wellbeing of communities across Scotland. That is why this government has invested over £7 billion in our railways across the country since 2007.
“This new fund will enable local communities to appraise and potentially bring forward proposals which tackle very specific, local rail connectivity issues.
“This will allow us to consider these as part of our plans for future investment in our railways.”
The announcement of this £2 million funding follows closely the unveiling of plans for the future of transport infrastructure, in which the government has made it clear of its commitment to work with councils, the general public and other stakeholders to identify transport investment in the country over the next 20 years improve roads and railways.