Now that the dust is settling on the changed strategy of the Edinburgh- Glasgow Improvement Plan (EGIP) it is becoming clear to me that a great deal of it is positive thinking along with a sense of realism ("Train delays warning over funding cuts", The Herald, July 6 and Letters, July 9).
The electrification of the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High is to be welcomed even if the route via Falkirk Grahamston is not to happen at this stage. Delays and cancellations in the event of problems between Polmont and Greenhill as well as occasional weekend engineering works can be adequately dealt with as they have been in the past as and when they arise.
The delay in electrification to Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa can ultimately come about with the necessary re-signalling required in this particular area. I would suggest it becomes the starting point in further electrification northwards on to Perth, Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen. This may, of course, be some way off.
To my mind it would be more to the point if "in-fill" electrification is carried out in the immediate future following on from the announcement that the route from Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal is now to be dealt with in this manner, thereafter by the lines to East Kilbride (with Barrhead for good measure), Whifflet and the Edinburgh-Glasgow Central route via Shotts. Rolling stock provision and intentions are awaited and it is assumed that "one size fits all" although it would be hoped that something of quality is sought for the Edinburgh-Glasgow flagship services and certainly for longer distances such as Inverness and Aberdeen.
The controversy over the Glasgow Airport Rail Link is a vague possibility that would at least justify the third tracking now operational in the Paisley corridor.
Glasgow Crossrail (Bellgrove-Shields Junction) remains a pipe dream for many.
Whatever transpires the future remains interesting for rail travel and services and will remain as political powers wax and wane.
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