A new Inter-City rail hub at Perth
The new direct rail link from Perth to Edinburgh would slash journey times – and create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make Perth station the crossroads of the rail network north of the Central Belt.
With fast trains direct to all Scotland’s cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling – the vastly under-utilised station site at Perth could realise its untapped potential as a catalyst for urban regeneration, as well as transport connectivity.
This grand Victorian building offers a well-connected setting for retail and business development, tourist-related facilities, indeed all the kinds of enterprise and community activity which would benefit from fast rail services to the rest of Scotland. At present, Perth station is a cul-de-sac – but in time, a new ‘railway quarter’ would extend Perth’s nearby city centre westwards, on a new through route to the suburbs for people on foot and cyclists.
Perth has a very special opportunity to remake the best of its railway heritage for future generations.