The Inter-City Express programme would transform rail travel, bringing all seven of Scotland’s cities closer together – with a safe, civilised and sustainable mode of transport. The key features of the programme are to:
• Extend planned electrification from Perth to Dunblane, in conjunction with doubling and electrifying the largely single-track Inverness-Perth railway – transforming its capacity and capability for both passenger and freight traffic.
• Reduce journey times from Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee to the Central Belt through electrification and extensive doubling of the network.
• Take the long-neglected single track rail line from Aberdeen to Inverness into the 21st Century.
• Build and electrify a new direct rail link from Perth to Edinburgh, slashing up to 35 minutes off journey times from Inverness and Perth to Edinburgh.
• Create a new Inter-City rail hub at Perth station – the catalyst for transport connectivity and urban regeneration.
‘Inter-City Express’ is a joint campaign set up by Transform Scotland, Rail Freight Group, Capital Rail Action Group, Friends of the Far North Line, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport in an attempt to redress this imbalance.