The ICE campaign has recently featured in the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s quarterly magazine, The Geographer.
Our Rail Campaigner, Paul Tetlaw, discussed the ‘North-South Railway Divide’ in Scotland, highlighting the extreme gap between rail journey times north and south of the Central Belt. It takes three and half hours to travel 175 miles from Edinburgh to Inverness — you could be 300 miles south of Edinburgh in that time!
The article also highlights the significant funding gap between road and rail investment in Scotland. Whilst the Scottish Government are spending £3 billion to construct four lanes on the A9 road, the Highland Main Line running alongside the A9 is still largely single track, hardly changed from the Victorian era when the railway was built.
Rail passengers and communities deserve a railway fit for the 21st century. The Scottish Government needs to have a serious re-think about their investment priorities and commit to the transformative infrastructure upgrades set out in the ICE programme.
To read the full article, see here.