Building a short stretch of track would give Edinburgh a third main rail hub [Evening News]





Date: 15/08/2019

The proposed Almond Chord rail line would link the moribund Edinburgh Gateway station with the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line beyond Winchburgh, writes John McLellan. For once frustrated travellers cant entirely blame ScotRail for the cancellation of scores of services after severe flooding at the Winchburgh tunnel kept the main Glasgow-Edinburgh line closed for several days. But although a months rain in 30 minutes was bound to cause some disruption, it could have been minimised had there been an alternative route. And just such an option was mooted a decade ago, the so-called Almond Chord, a short length of new track to link up the line running through the still-moribund Edinburgh Gateway station with the main Glasgow line beyond Winchburgh. Sadly, the Scottish Government in its wisdom axed the scheme in 2012 even though Network Rail had bought the land.


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Building a short stretch of track would give Edinburgh a third main rail hub “ John McLellan

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The proposed ‘Almond Chord’ rail line would link the moribund Edinburgh Gateway station with the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line beyond Winchburgh, writes John McLellan.

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