Rennie - SNP rewriting history on bullet train

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has slammed the SNP for attempting to rewrite history as Ministers refuse to release the business case behind plans for a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In 2014 a business case for developing the rail link between the two cities was submitted to Ministers, who are now refusing to release the document requested under Freedom of Information laws by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Over three-quarters of a million pounds have been spent to date developing the plans for the link. Despite the Scottish Government insisting the project has not been dropped, there have been no meetings on the plans in the last twelve months.

Mr Rennie said:What the SNP Government want is to keep this hidden so people can’t see them rewriting history. They want people to forget that they made a ridiculous promise to have a bullet train up and running between Edinburgh and Glasgow before HS2 had even got as far as Birmingham, let alone Scotland. They have quite clearly scrapped those plans given they haven’t met on a single occasion to discuss them over the past year.

“But we all know the SNP’s attitude towards freedom of information. They’d much rather keep people in the dark but the public deserves to know about the business case behind the Edinburgh-Glasgow plans and what three-quarters of a million pounds of their money has been spent on.”


In 2012 the then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed the link would be up and running in 2024, ahead of any high-speed rail links in England. The SNP welcomed that news with Gordon MacDonald saying: ‘The Tory-led UK government wants to keep Scotland in the slow lane but this announcement means we will have high-speed rail even before the completion of the London-Birmingham HS2 line.’

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