New transport agency begins work
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New transport agency begins work
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Public body has responsibility for delivering road and rail improvements across Scotland.
The new public agency for road and rail, Transport Scotland, is now in charge of major infrastructure projects across the country.
The agency assumed responsibility for delivering road and rail improvements on January 1 and will now be directing the Executive’s £3 billion programme of investment.
An example of this investment is the redevelopment of Waverley Station in Edinburgh and Transport Minister Tavish Scott, along with the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland Malcolm Reed, visited the station this morning to see work start.
The redevelopment of Waverley will see two new platforms, extensive track remodelling allowing four extra trains per hour, and longer commuter train platforms.
The work will also mark the end of the ‘climb’ up Waverley Steps with the introduction of new escalators and lifts.
Today also sees the submission to Parliament of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill.
Mr Scott said:
“This is an exciting time for everyone involved in transport in Scotland. Transport Scotland will be key to delivering this devolved government’s transport priorities for the future.
“Today we have seen work start on the redevelopment of Waverley Station, a project at the centre of our plans for the rail network in Scotland, and the submission of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link bill to the Scottish Parliament.
“With a capital investment programme of £3 billion planned over the next decade, it is vital that we are able to deliver both our rail and road improvements on time and on budget. Transport Scotland, along with our transport industry partners, will help us deliver this.”
Mr Reed said:
“We have an ambitious and challenging programme ahead and I am confident that with the resources we now have available we can deliver. We are recruiting staff with the professional expertise to help us do this and want to work more closely with those involved in delivering transport services.
“Improving the transport network brings huge economic benefits for businesses getting their goods to market and by connecting people with greater employment and education opportunities. By working together and investing in our road and rail networks we can build a modern transport network for Scotland.”
Director of Network Rail Ron McAulay said:
"The establishment of Transport Scotland is a welcome boost for the railway industry. Network Rail and the new transport agency are already working in partnership on a number of railway enhancement projects, we look forward to delivering these and many more.
"The redevelopment of Waverley Station, which Network Rail is leading, will bring great benefits to train operators and passengers.
“As well as looking more modern and being fully accessible, four extra trains will be able to run every hour thanks to the installation of two new platforms and a state of the art signalling system. It's a great flagship project for Network Rail and Transport Scotland to work together on."
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