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High speed rail plans crawling along at snail's pace

November 29, 2012 10:31 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

A parliamentary question by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has revealed that Transport Scotland officials have had over 130 meetings about a high speed rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Yet no cost or route is agreed.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced earlier this month that the project could be finished by 2024.

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has said that the project is crawling along at a snail's pace.

Commenting Mr Scott said:

"Government officials have had over 130 meetings about high speed rail between Edinburgh and Glasgow but still no cost or route for the project has emerged. If anything, the Transport Minister's answer is merely a memo of unproductive meetings.

"This project is crawling along at a snail's pace.

"We must have confirmation of which stations are to be used and that the trains will match the 220mph speeds of the high speed proposals for Scotland to London. There is no guarantee that cutting journey times to Aberdeen and Inverness will not be cancelled to meet the as yet unknown cost.

"Being ambitious for rail in Scotland is more than pipe dream projects with no detail, cost or route."