Scott: Cities conned on Edinburgh-Glasgow bullet train

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Tavish Scott MSP has slammed the SNP Government for showing a lack of respect for the people of Edinburgh and Glasgow as Ministers confirm they have ditched their plans to build a high-speed rail link between the two cities.

In November 2012 Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government would be taking forward plans for a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh by 2024, saying they ‘would not wait’ for Westminster to deliver HS2 north of the border and would be ‘firing ahead’ with its own plans.

But Transport Minister Derek Mackay has now said it is not possible to progress planning for a high-speed rail link between the two cities until a cross-border high-speed route is identified.

Mr Scott said: “Three years ago the First Minister said there would be full steam ahead on this project. There was a grand ceremony in Glasgow addressed by two Cabinet ministers.

“What’s happened since is that the SNP have shelved the project but hoped nobody would notice.

“The SNP’s about-turn on their plans for this route shows a lack of respect for people in the two cities.

“They conned everyone into thinking that they would build this bullet railway from a blank page. They could never tell us where the terminus was in either city or the route it would take. These plans have been kept secret. And now they have tried to keep their cancellation secret.”

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