I welcome the minister's response that the working group and First ScotRail are due to meet shortly. I encourage the minister to ensure that the Executive gives full encouragement to the project. Does the minister agree with my assessment that the project is a potential early win for the new franchise holder that will ensure that congestion in the east of Scotland is tackled through the enhanced use of one of the lesser-used railway lines in the east of Scotland?
I agree with the member's latter point. The modal shift in investment to rail transportation will bring benefit to business and the environment across the board in all areas where we are investing in new rolling stock and rail infrastructure. I am sure that the Minister for Transport will encourage the interested parties to get on with bringing those benefits to the people of Livingston and Shotts as soon as possible.