In time for the Programme for Government statement in the Scottish Parliament on 3 September, Transform Scotland issued a two page campaign document Vision 2030: Clean Rail on decarbonising Scotland's rail network.
This calls for an immediate commitment to electrification of the routes from the central belt to Aberdeen and Inverness and between the two by 2030. This is because 76% of Scotland's diesel trains (including the HSTs) will need replacing by then. "Currently 75% of passengers travel on electric (or zero emission) trains" and this could increase to 96%. The remaining long distance rural routes might be decarbonised using battery or hydrogen trains.
The paper unintentionally suggests that all the improvements to the Highland Main Line and the Aberdeen to Inverness Line prioritised in 2008 have been completed when this is very far from being the case. Only the early phases are complete.The document can be read on our website at: www.fofnl.org.uk/archives/TS-Vision-2019.pdf