Scots high-speed rail report suffers new delay

Scots high-speed rail report suffers new delay :A LONG-AWAITED report on bringing high-speed rail to Scotland will be completed a year late, infrastructure secretary Keith Brown revealed today.

However, Mr Brown said a “deadline” had now been set for December – but it would not be published until 2016.

He said: “We expect to share the findings early next year.

“It will supply details on potential route options to Scotland.”

The study is looking at extending HS2 north from Manchester and/or Leeds or upgrading the existing east and west coast main lines across the Border.

It was commissioned in November 2013, with a draft report promised by July 2014 and the final version by the end of that year.

However, Mr Brown, speaking a conference in Glasgow today organised by high-speed rail study group Greengauge21, said extra work on the report had been requested after the report’s initial findings were submitted at the end of last year.

He said the final report would enable the Scottish Government to develop its planned high-speed line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.


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