Work begins on £4.8 billion upgrade of Scotland’s railway

Network Rail

NETWORK Rail has commenced work on its £4.8 billion investment plan to boost Scotland’s railway.

Between April 2024 and March 2029, work will be undertaken across the country to improve punctuality, reduce delays, and make the country’s Railway more resilient in the face of our changing weather.

The plan announced today includes over £2 billion being invested in renewing key infrastructure, over £1 billion in maintaining the railway, increased investment in drainage systems and more drainage engineers, continued investment in new technology to monitor extreme weather, installation of more remote monitoring equipment to give early warning of potential issues, dedicated plans for taking climate action and reducing the railway’s carbon footprint, and plans to reduce costs across Scotland’s railway by adopting new ways of working.

Alex Hynes, MD of Scotland’s Railway, said, “The plan we have announced today will help us deliver a safe and reliable railway for our customers and one which supports the social and economic growth of the communities we serve.

“Over the next five years we will continue to invest in renewing and maintaining our infrastructure while also making it more resilient to Scotland’s changing weather.

“We will also work closely with our industry partners and government to ensure we deliver a value for money railway for the taxpayers who fund us while improving the service we offer to passengers and freight customers.”