Photo: Scotrail 'sleeper' crosses Rannoch Viaduct on the West Highland Line in 2010. Courtesy of Norman McNab.
RAILFUTURE SCOTLAND'S RAIL EXPANSION PLANS LAUNCHED
In mid-November 2014 Railfuture Scotland published its proposals to expand Scotland's rail network - read our press release.
The Scottish media publicised Railfuture Scotland's proposals - see below.
- Scotsman article: http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/expansions-for-scotland-s-rail-network-proposed-1-3608562
- CILT article: http://ciltuk.org.uk/News/LatestNews/tabid/235/ctl/NewsItem/mid/589/Id/4635/Default.aspx
These proposals include a "top 50 list of stations to be opened or re-opened from Beattock to Culloden, with a further 45 to follow. This is quite realistic considering that about 70 stations have been added to the Scottish network over the past 30 years. New passenger and freight lines are also proposed.
However, it's not all about new infrastructure. Railfuture Scotland is calling for faster and more frequent trains on existing routes, including more electrification, which should be speeded up.
ABELLIO TO OPERATE SCOTRAIL FRANCHISE FROM APRIL 2015
Railfuture Scotland issued the following press release on 9th October 2014
Rail campaigners have given a cautious welcome to news that Abellio has won the Scotrail franchise.
Allison Cosgrove, Chair of Railfuture Scotland said: "Railfuture Scotland has enjoyed a good relationship with First during the current franchise, and First management have always been approachable and helpful. We appreciated the re-instatement of the Edinburgh-Dunbar local service which they instigated in 2010. However, having talked with all the bidders, Abellio were the most receptive to our ideas on new stations, and were the only bidder to ask us back for an in depth study of our 50 Stations proposals. We await with interest to see what is included in the optional additions to the franchise, and hope that they have adopted some of our suggestions. In recent years First introduced a small funding scheme for local groups with railway connections, and we hope that Abellio will continue to engage with local communities. We look forward to working with them."
ALMOND CHORD CAMPAIGN
Railfuture Scotland is concerned that the line between Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park will close for three months during the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Project in order to allow the Winchburgh tunnel to be enlarged for the installation of the Overhead. This will cause signficant disruption but it could be avoided if the Almond Chord was constructed in advance - it was postponsed in 2012. Click here to see our flier.
Railfuture is the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. Railfuture is a voluntary group representing rail users, with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not affiliated to or funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and uses one-member one-vote democracy.
Railfuture campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services for everyone; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals - a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight. Our volunteer members in branches and around 300 local rail user groups campaign to get stations and lines reopened, and services and facilities improved, for the benefit of the community, economy and environment.
Over the past 50 years we have played a major part in getting over 370 new and reopened stations and over 500 miles of route to join the network. Apply to join our campaign today - click Join Now using your credit/debit card via PayPal.
Railfuture Scotland Campaigns, News, Events and Contacts
Campaigns - Click here for a list of the main Railfuture Scotland campaigns.
Campaign resources - Click here for a list Railfuture Scotland campaign resources.
Newsletter - Click here to read back issues of 'Branch Notes' the Railfuture Scotland newsletter.
Events - Click here for details of conferences and other events organised by Railfuture Scotland.
Contacts - Click here for Railfuture Scotland contacts.
Links - Click here for links to external Scottish web-sites.
Twitter - Click @RailfutureScot for the Railfuture Scotland twitter account.
Working with Railfuture
As well as organising the annual national conference for rail users and user groups, Railfuture works at local and national level with train operators and other stakeholders to secure a better railway. Railfuture makes awards to campaigners from its Fighting Fund to bring about improvements. Awards have been given, for example, for publicity initiatives and feasibility studies.
Join Us - Become a Member
If you would like to join our campaign for a rail future please go to the
Join Us page to apply for membership.
It is just £18 (concessions available) which provides four all-colour magazines a year plus more. If you have any questions or
comments about the work of Railfuture Scotland you can contact us at
The independent campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network
We're powered by podio - a new type of group project management software where sharing, communicating and getting work done takes place in one online platform - fully customisable through the unique ability to create your own apps.