Railway travel in Scotland is undergoing something of a renaissance, with passenger numbers growing and 14 new or rebuilt stations opening in the last decade. The question now is whether the clamour for additional stations can be satisfied given the limited funding available and a political machinery stretched by the UKs planned exit from the European Union. Last week, trains passed through the new station in Forres for the first time - a replacement for the Moray towns Victorian transport hub, built as part of an on-going project to increase capacity and improve journey times to below two hours on the line between Inverness and Aberdeen. Across Scotland, there are numerous proposals - with varying degrees of official backing - for towns and villages to be connected to the rail network. They have been inspired by the success of the partly reopened Borders railway - which added seven stations along a 30 mile route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank - and earlier projects such as the £300m Airdrie-Bathgate link, completed in 2010.
Railway travel in Scotland is undergoing something of a renaissance, with passenger numbers growing and 14 new or rebuilt stations opening in the last decade.