Freight News, Rail

New group to push for Scots rail investment

[ March 3, 2014   //   ]

Five organisations, including the Rail Freight Group (RFG) are pushing for a radical upgrade of Scotland’s rail infrastructure north of the Central Belt. The ‘Inter-City Express’ campaign is calling for doubling and electrifying the largely single-track Inverness-Perth railway electrification and double tracking of pinchpoints between Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee to the Central Belt and more stretches of double track and extra crossing loops on the “long-neglected” single-track rail line from Aberdeen to Inverness.

The campaign is seeking support from across the whole of the country, from Scottish businesses and business groups such as Chambers of Commerce, Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships, politicians, media outlets, campaign and community groups and other organisations and individuals in order to move forward its vision of a better transport future for Scotland.

RFG’s Scottish representative, David Spaven, said: “We need our rail network to be able to handle not just more freight trains, but also longer and faster freight trains so that rail can compete effectively with road haulage.”

The other groups involved are Transform Scotland, Capital Rail Action Group, the Friends of the Far North Line and the Scottish Association for Public Transport.


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