Local Rail Development Fund set to award grants of £681k

Thursday August 9th, 2018

Ten local communities will be the first to benefit from a new Scottish Government rail fund worth £2m (August 9th).Government Opportunities

Successful applicants to the Local Rail Development Fund were announced today by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.

The aim is to provide money for communities to carry out a multi-modal transport appraisal which could potentially bring forward proposals for improvements to rail connections in their areas.

He made the announcement in St Andrews on a visit to one of the successful groups, St Andrews Rail Link (StARLink).

Mr Matheson said:

Since 2007, we have invested around £8bn to help build the best railway Scotland has ever had. The success of this relies on communities embracing the potential harnessed by the railway and it is very pleasing to see so much interest in the Local Rail Development Fund.

“Providing funding for these transport appraisals will allow the successful applicants to consider the transport issues and opportunities affecting their local communities. It has been great to hear, first-hand, the enthusiasm and drive behind them.

“Helping communities bring forward proposals to tackle these specific, local rail connectivity issues, will allow us to consider potential projects as part of our plans for future investment in our railways.”

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