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Major upgrades of existing rail networks

This project would upgrade the existing rail lines between Scotland’s seven cities- meaning more capacity for travellers and for freight. Enabling more rail travel would makes journeys more economical, reduce journey times, save carbon and even help development in regions like Inverness and the Highlands.

Additionality

Does this project add to existing infrastructure efforts

Amber Over and above existing efforts. There are plans to upgrade individual sections of the network; however an accelerated programme is needed with a commitment to address all of the lines linking the seven cities.

Prosperity

Does this project contribute to the prosperity of Scotland's people and businesses

Green Construction job creation as well as improved access to labour markets through connectivity.

Co-benefits

Does this project bring social benefits, beyond economic and environmental benefits

Green Significant potential benefits include safety and reduced maintenance costs of displacing passenger and freight journeys from road to rail.

Environment

Does this project further environmental goals in addition to carbon reduction

Green Air quality benefits from electrification based on existing rail use patterns. Further air quality benefits from inducing modal shift from road to rail.

Behaviours

Does this project help people take on low carbon behaviours

Green Enables public and businesses to make low carbon transport choices and encourages modal shift.

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