Rail Network

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd March 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour

Question S2W-31877

To ask the Scottish Executive what assurance can be given that maintenance by Network Rail on the Dundee to Edinburgh railway line is adequate, following delays due to signal failure in the Falkirk area during the rush hour on 6 February 2007.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

Maintenance of the railway is an operational matter for Network Rail, who are funded by Scottish ministers under the terms of the Railways Act 2005. The GB rail network is maintained in accordance with Network Rail’s maintenance management plan to industry targets as regulated by the Office of Rail Regulation.

Transport Scotland analyse and discuss performance of the rail network in Scotland with Network Rail. These discussions include infrastructure failure, and provide assurances to Scottish ministers of Network Rail’s continued vigilance regarding operation and safety in Scotland.

Despite the disappointing delays in the Falkirk area on 6 February 2007, latest published figures show Network Rail delays on the Aberdeen to Edinburgh line were 32% better than 2005. In addition, Network Rail’s delays across the Scottish network are 23% better than 2005 reflecting the £40 million spent in track enhancements in Scotland over the period.

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