BATTERY EMUs FOR BORDERS AND FIFE CIRCLE
DECARBONISATION AND mass transit options for Edinburgh and Glasgow both feature in Phase One of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).
The review will inform the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2), published in February 2020, and covers investments over the 20-year period from 2022. Due to the pandemic STPR2 has been split into two phases, the second of which will report later this year. The first phase focuses on shorter-term or more immediate schemes, with the full investment plan to be set out in the second phase. Recommendations in Phase One are split into eight themes, each of which in turn informs a set of interventions.
The Transforming Cities theme includes interventions concerning improvements at stations and mass transit options for Edinburgh and Glasgow. Mass transit in Glasgow is focused on a ‘Glasgow Metro’ concept, which could include bus rapid transit, tram, light rail and/or metro rail, complementing and integrated with existing networks. It may include completely new alignments, reuse of disused former railway alignments and/or the conversion of existing rail alignments to a new mode. In particular, adoption of light rail on routes south of the city could free up capacity at Glasgow Central for longer-distance services. Edinburgh mass transit would include bus rapid transit and tram systems and could incorporate the freight-only South Suburban line and a cross-Forth system connecting to Fife.