The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) is set to deliver huge improvements for our rail network.
And it’s not just about the Edinburgh – Falkirk High – Glasgow route – although that’s the starting point. The routes between Edinburgh/Glasgow – Stirling/Dunblane are also being electrified.
In fact, EGIP is a comprehensive package of improvements, worth £742m, to Scotland's railway infrastructure to develop more reliable and sustainable train travel.
This will help us to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future, as well as proving a range of economic and investment opportunities for Scotland as a whole.
The ScotRail Alliance – ScotRail and Network Rail in Scotland – is delivering:
- 150 kilometres of new electrified railway
- Three redeveloped stations: Cumbernauld (completed), Haymarket (completed) and Glasgow Queen Street (starting in late 2016)
- One new station: Edinburgh Gateway
- One new stabling depot for electric trains at Millerhill, east of Edinburgh
- Longer platforms, to take longer trains at Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk High and Croy
Part and parcel of the upgrades includes new trains. We’re buying a new fleet of faster, longer, greener trains to run between Glasgow and Edinburgh from autumn 2017.
The extent of the upgrading involves changes to train services to accommodate work as it progresses. And some route sections will be closed for a time.
We're committed to giving you the best possible information in advance to assist with planning your journey. And we’ll keep you updated if these plans need to change.