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Electrification of Shotts Line presents opportunities to transform the route

Published 26 July 2017 by Colin Howden
Source: Network Rail media library: Network Rail media library

Transform Scotland has prepared a briefing paper in response to the Network Rail proposals for closure of Breich Station in West Lothian.

We argue that the electrification of the Shotts Line combined with new three-car trains offers the chance to truly transform the route and significantly boost patronage.

Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said:

“To deliver on these opportunities an integrated approach is required which must include station enhancements and new service patterns alongside electrification and new trains. This will require all stakeholders to work together to showcase and deliver an overall package of improvements for the Shotts and Carstairs routes. Failing this, isolated proposals such as the closure of Breich station risk raising considerable opposition and thus detracting from the real gains that are possible.”