Network Rail has unveiled its plans for Scotland’s railway during Control Period 6 (CP6).
The latest five-year funding period is now underway and is set to deliver a level of infrastructure investment never seen in Britain, in order to improve reliability and performance.
After releasing its overall delivery plans just prior to the start of CP6, Network Rail also provided more details on how money will be spent and projects delivered for Scotland’s railway.
As per the investment set out in the final determination by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), more than £4 billion will be invested into upgrading, maintaining, renewing and ultimately improving Scotland’s railway, making journeys more seamless for passengers.
Network Rail has confirmed the plans will target punctuality and improvement of infrastructure reliability, with spending on operations, maintenance and renewals set to increase by a fifth.
Some of the projects have already been determined; indeed, during the five years from 2019, Network Rail will spend £13 million to refurbish the Clyde Bridge at Glasgow Central; more than 256 other structures across the route will be renewed and refurbished too.
Elsewhere, signalling will remain a huge focus for Network Rail, with systems in Edinburgh and Perth set to be renewed.
An upgrade of Glasgow Queen Street Station will be completed, as will the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project.
Transport Scotland and Network Rail are collaborating to explore a number of other projects too.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance, said the projects will boost the country’s economy.
“We are committed to developing a railway that delivers every day for our passengers and freight customers.
“The plans outline how we will increase spending on maintenance and renewing our railway over the next five years to drive up performance and reduce delays.
“Over the next five years, we will not only complete major projects such as the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street and the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project, we will also develop new enhancements alongside Transport Scotland to help further improve our network and boost Scotland’s economy.”