Rail Electrification Programme - Control Period 5 (2014-19)

Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)

EGIP has delivered a number of key infrastructure and service improvements, including the electrification of Haymarket Tunnel and new services introduced on the Edinburgh Glasgow via Shotts and Carstairs lines.

The £27 million redevelopment of Haymarket Station opened to the public in December 2013 and route clearance works in advance of the electrification of the Edinburgh Glasgow and Stirling-Alloa-Dunblane lines are well underway.

Work on the £80 million pound electrification of the Cumbernauld lines are also now  underway and will be delivered in time for the Commonwealth Games, with services commencing in May 2014. Marking the first phase of the EGIP electrification, the operation of Cumbernauld services from the Low Level station will release station capacity enabling the redevelopment and electrification of Queen Street High Level station with the minimum disruption.

The new electrified services will operate via Queen Street Low Level station as an extension of existing Springburn-Dalmuir Services. Existing Falkirk Grahamston diesel services will continue to operate to the High Level station. The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station will transform one of Scotland’s most important stations into a world-class integrated transport hub and enable eight-car train operations to increase capacity on our busiest route.

This additional rail capacity will bring benefits for the rest of the rail network in the central belt and beyond. Network Rail are working closely with Buchanan Partnership and Glasgow City Council to refurbish Queen Street Station and expand Buchanan Galleries at the earliest possible opportunity. This will be delivered whilst minimising disruption to the public, particularly around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup period.

The delivery programme for the delivery of the EGIP electric rolling stock onto the Edinburgh Glasgow via Falkirk high route is driven by passenger requirements. Following electrification of the core Glasgow-Edinburgh via Falkirk High line in December 2016, 7 car electric trains will be phased in over the following months, replacing the outgoing 6 car diesel units. Further capacity enhancements will follow in December 2018 when 8 car trains are introduced into the service.

As well as increased capacity, EGIP will deliver improvements in journey times and performance. Electric operation will provide passengers with a cleaner, greener and quieter railway with lower carbon emissions. The December 2017 timetable will take advantage of the performance benefits of the new electric trains to deliver enhanced journey times.

At the same time, work will be underway on the electrification of the Stirling-Alloa-Dunblane line all electrification work and replacement of the full fleet of diesel trains will be complete by December 2018. At this point passengers will benefit from 42 minute journey times between Scotland’s two major cities.

The new rail-tram interchange Edinburgh Gateway station, situated next to the A8 in the Gogar area of Edinburgh, will integrate with the new Tram network to provide connections for passengers to and from Edinburgh Airport and the surrounding west Edinburgh area. Network Rail have commenced advanced works on the shared tram site.

Transport Scotland are working closely with Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council to agree a mutually acceptable delivery programme and access rights to the station site which will enable the new station to open in December 2016.

The EGIP electrification will be followed by a rolling programme of electrification of around 100 single track kilometres per year until 2019 including:

Rutherglen Whifflet Line electrification

On 30 May, the Minister for Transport and Veterans also announced the electrification of the Whifflet lines: the first major output of the next five-year rail investment period which starts on 1 April 2014. The route, which runs from Glasgow to Coatbridge, was originally planned for full electrification by 2018-19 but has been brought forward to Summer 2014 enhancing network reliability and providing greater flexibility.

Electrification of Stirling Alloa Dunblane lines will follow the completion of the Edinburgh Glasgow via Falkirk High route. Network Rail set out their commitment to the electrification of these lines in their Strategic Business Plan published 7 January 2013. The electrification, planned for completion by December 2018, will deliver journey time improvements for passengers travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow and will also complete the electrification of the Falkirk Grahamston route section.

Shotts line electrification

Also set out in our 2012 High Level Output Specification for Control period 5 is the electrification of 75 km of the Shotts Line between Holytown and Midcalder junctions. We have asked Network Rail to develop and deliver this significant enhancement to improve network reliability and operational flexibility by 2019.

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Map of the Electrification Programme for Conrol Period 5

  • December 2013 - Haymarket Station Capacity enhancements open to passengers
  • Summer 2014 - electrification of Whifflet lines
  • May 2014 - Introduction of electric services on Cumbernauld route
  • December 2016 - Introduction of 7 car electric services on Edinburgh- Glasgow via Falkirk High route
  • December 2016 - Edinburgh Gateway Rail /Tram interchange opens to passengers (by December 2016)
  • December 2018 - Electrification of Stirling, Alloa, Dunblane line services with journey time improvements for passengers travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • December 2018 - 42 minute fastest journey time and introduction of 8 car electric services on Edinburgh- Glasgow via Falkirk High route
  • Within CP5 (date TBC) - Redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station
  • 2019 - electrification of 75km of the Shotts Line between Holytown and Midcalder junctions

EGIP final business case

The EGIP final business case was published on 27 January 2014 setting out the investment case for EGIP and the benefits it will deliver for Scotland and its rail users, including:

• the  transformation of Queen Street station estimated at around £120 million,
• shorter journey times and more reliable services between our two biggest cities,
• a cleaner, greener, quieter railway with lower carbon emissions,
• improved capacity and more seats with less crowding at peak journey times.

The project scope has developed significantly since the July 2012 announcement of the first phase of EGIP and now includes the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station, outline plans for which will be revealed by Network Rail next month.

In line with established guidance, underlined by Audit Scotland’s report on Major Capital Projects last year, Transport Scotland has followed best practice and calculated the optimism bias and contingency costs on the project as £126 million.  This will be further reviewed as the project develops and contracts are awarded.

View the EGIP final business case (PDF)

EGIP Post Adoption Statement

Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Post Adoption Statement:

As per Section 18(1) of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, Transport Scotland adopted the above programme in January 2014.

View the Post Adoption Statement (PDF, 164 KB)

A copy of the documents is available for inspection during business office hours for a period of four weeks (closing 7/4/2014) and free of charge from:

Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)
Strategic Environmental Assessment Consultation
9th Floor, Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow G4 0HF.