Greens call for rail expansion

Friday May 31st, 2019

Scottish Greens are calling on communities across Scotland to apply for new local rail funding to help tackle the climate

The £2 million Local Rail Development Fund – secured by the Greens in the 2018/19 Scottish budget – helps local communities develop proposals for new railway lines or to reopen stations. It aims to increase passenger numbers, connect communities and reduce emissions. Nine projects were awarded money from the fund’s first round, including proposals to reopen branch lines to St Andrews, Fife and Haddington, East Lothian.

Mr Ruskell argued that growing the railway network can have a key role in slashing transport emissions in Scotland, which have gone up by 5% over the last five years according to most recent national transport figures.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“In the face of a climate emergency it’s vital we act to reduce transport emissions, which is one area where the Scottish Government has been told by its own advisers that it’s not doing enough.

“The Greens’ Local Rail Development Fund is already helping communities across Scotland to reconnect their local areas with the wider rail network. We’re urging others to join them and be part of a major expansion of Scotland’s railways to tackle the climate crisis.”

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