Transport Scotland have announced details of an extra £3.13 million funding for Scotland’s railways which will go towards improving passenger facilities and increasing accessibility on board trains and in stations.
The funding was awarded through the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, announced earlier this month by the First Minister.
This investment in rail will enhance the day-to-day passenger experience on routes across the network, improving wifi coverage as well as complementing existing franchise commitments designed to boost tourism and the economy.
Specific investments will include:
- New ticket office at Blairhill station.
- Ticket Vending Machines to be installed at the 10 busiest stations yet to have one.
- Upgraded air conditioning system across Class 158 trains. These will serve on Scotland’s world famous ‘scenic routes’ in the west and north Highlands as well as the Borders line from late 2018.
- Additional Passenger Counting Equipment installed on trains across the ScotRail fleet to help target overcrowding on trains.
- Upgraded wi-fi equipment and installation of tables for wheelchair areas on the new Class 385 trains introduced from Autumn 2017.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“By investing in our public transport links, not only are we aiming to reduce the number of cars and congestion on our roads, but we’re helping cut carbon emissions and create a greener society.
“The Scottish Government is committed to making public transport a more accessible and attractive option, meaning that increasing numbers of people can use it as an alternative to car travel.
“This extra funding recognises our commitment to improving accessibility and passenger experience across the rail network. It complements the overall £5 billion investment that the Scottish Government is making in Scotland’s railways to 2019 and will mean more people will be able to take the train in greater comfort than ever before.”
ScotRail’s Managing Director Phil Verster welcomed the £3 million spend, saying:
“This investment in improving rail facilities – both on-train and around our stations – is what makes customer experience all the more positive.
“Our customers expect a wide-ranging package of services when they travel with us, from efficient methods of ticket purchase, readily available wi-fi and comfortable trains to technology and extensive station facilities. All of these improvements show we’re committed to making their rail travel enjoyable and efficient.”
About Transport Scotland
Transport for Scotland seeks to deliver a safe, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable transport system for the benefit of the people of Scotland, playing a key role in helping to achieve the Scottish Government’s Purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.
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