Rail Services (Renfrewshire South)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th February 2021.

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Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

A number of significant benefits are gained from the electrification of our rail network. It provides quieter and faster trains, in terms of traction type, and it allows us to increase capacity on important lines, including the one from Tom Arthur’s constituency into the central belt. Electrification can play an important part in improving our overall delivery of rail services.

Alongside that, it will support us in decarbonising our rail network, because electric trains are more environmentally friendly.

Electrification will provide significant benefits for Tom Arthur’s constituents, including increased capacity and faster and quieter trains. It will deliver a better overall service for passengers.