I AGREE with Ken Sutherland that the only certainty in relation to better rail services is slippage, assuming that certain projects get off the ground in the first place (Letters, June 25).
Anything on the Perth/Inverness and Aberdeen/Inverness routes is now seemingly light years away with the much trumpeted Edinburgh- Glasgow Rail Improvement Plan (EGIP) dipping below the horizon for a given commencement never mind completion date. The diversion of the Cumbernauld route is a desperate remedy to alleviate the capacity problem at Queen Street high-level. Whither the Maryhill/Anniesland service in all this? Can this continue to be handled at Queen Street high-level or do the powers that be wish this service had never been introduced a few years ago? I recall a suggestion a few months ago to close certain of the stations on this route – does this presage eventual closure? The award of the next operating franchise post-2014 will certainly have a bearing in all of this. I have also noted the proposal that the current ScotRail-operated Anglo-Scottish overnight services be hived off to a separate franchise. This is surely the way forward for its eventual demise. The upgrading of the stock at present used, not just the sleepers themselves, and additionally, what loco haulage will be provided, are open to question.
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