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MSP presses Scottish Government for introduction of reduced time of Inverness – Edinburgh train journeys

17 August 2011

 

Highlands & Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has pressed the Government to state when the improved reduction of 35 minutes in the rail journey time between Inverness and Edinburgh will come into effect.

In responding Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport said, ” The project will be delivered in phases and provide incremental journey time reductions”.

He went on to say, ” A number of technical improvements will be implemented later this year and should deliver reduced journey times on some services form next year”.

Mr Stewart said,

” The Minister has advised me that these speed improvements will take place between Stanley junction and Blair Atholl, Inchlea and Newtonmore and Carrbridge and Inverness”.

He continued,

” I will look forward to these improvements, as it is imperative for the Highland economy that we have good business links and routes with the minimum of time spent travelling between the Highlands capital and the other major cities in Scotland if not the UK”.

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August 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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David Stewart presses Scottish Government on A96 dualling between Inverness and Nairn

15 August 2011

Highlands & Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, continues to push the Scottish Government to dual the A96 between Inverness and Nairn.

In a motion laid before the Parliament he asked when the feasibility study on dualling this section of the A96 would be published.

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport, stated in his reply,

“The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Stage 2 was completed in August 2008.

“More recently Transport Scotland and Highland Council have undertaken an assessment of infrastructure requirements between the A9 and the A96 Nairn, to support the Local Development Plan.

“Both Transport Scotland and Highland Council are considering the findings in the context of the implications for adjacent local road network and once these issues have been resolved the report will be published”.

Mr Stewart said,

“I understand that the initial assessment completed in 2008 costs in excess of £900.000 and the more recent study which commenced in 2009 has costs over £1 million.

“I would have thought that now we are in the second half of 2011, these studies would be nearing completion and published in order that consultation could take place regarding the preferred options for the route”.

Mr Stewart continued,
“ I tried to ascertain from the Government what proportion of land if any had been required to allow this over due upgrade take place to this important arterial route.
“The Minister advised me that no land had been purchased or acquired.
“My concern is that the decision making wheels relative to this issue are turning too slowly and they need a fresh impetus”.

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August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

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