CRAG nominates Network Rail Airdrie-Bathgate rail re-opening as 'Transport Project of the Year' for 2011 Scottish Transport Awards:
posted 28 January 2011
"Capital Rail Action Group would like to nominate the Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link as the Transport Project of the Year for 2010.
The A2B Project offers improved connectivity between Scotland's two biggest cities, and also links both Edinburgh and Glasgow to North Lanarks and West Lothian. It was delivered on-time and on-budget by Network Rail, and thus provided a welcome change from the usual tales of woe, overrun and delays encountered on major projects like this.
It provides an efficient and effective service using electric traction (zero emissions at point of use), and is a ecologically sound alternative to the M8 motorway, which it parallels for much of it's route.
It will build on the proven success of the Edinburgh-Bathgate service (since 1986), extending the travel-to-work options for much of the Central Belt. Also, leisure and entertainment in Glasgow and Edinburgh is now accessible from the Central Belt by modern, fast trains. We believe it will be a significant generator of economic prosperity, even in these difficult times.
Looking further into the future, it can be seen as a useful link from Central and Eastern Scotland into the 2014 Commonwealth Games complex in Glasgow's East End.
CRAG hope that the success of this project will lead to further enhancements of Scotland's railway network. We already have commitment to the Borders Railway, and we look for progress on Leven and Alloa-Dunfermline, amongst others.CRAG are a well-established public transport (not just railways) pressure and campaign group in Edinburgh. We are at http://www.capitalrail.org.uk/"