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Transport Scotland has today published its strategy for investment in rail improvements over the next decade.

The Rail Enhancements and Capital Investment Strategy, which signals a move to ‘pipeline-based approach’, sets out how funding will be targeted across the Scottish rail network.

"We’ve listened to the views of local communities and the rail industry," said Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.

"Our strategy will bring to life the new pipeline approach. It will deliver a framework for rail investment with a sharp focus on the right solutions for passengers and freight users, greater efficiency, oversight and value for money’.

“Despite our strong track record since 2007, future investment in Scotland’s railways is set against a real terms reduction in rail funding from the UK Government, which threatens sustainable, progressive investment in rail services. The decisions of the UK Government have created a gap of £460m of the funding that the rail industry has advised us it needs to deliver the improvements required to meet demands for rail.”

‘Transport Scotland will be hosting a series of workshops across the country, where stakeholders and interested groups can find out more about the strategy, as well as how to apply for the Local Rail Development Fund.”

That £2 million Scottish Government fund, which will be available from April, will provide funding to develop community-led options to improve local rail connections.  Local communities will be able to appraise and potentially bring forward proposals aimed at tackling specific, local rail connectivity issues.

Workshops will take place from April 16 until May 1 at venues including Glasgow and Dumfries.

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