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Highland Main Line

Upgrading the Highland Main Line is one of the Scottish Government’s key priorities.  The long-term goal of the project seeks to achieve a fastest journey time of 2 hours 45 minutes between Inverness and the Central Belt with an average journey time of 3 hours and an hourly service by 2025.

In Preparation

These enhancements will improve connections between the north of Scotland and the Central Belt and boost economic growth for the whole of Scotland.

Highland Main Line

Phase One

Phase one of the project was delivered in December 2012, which increased services from 9 to 11 trains per day and reduced journey times on some services by up to 18 minutes at a cost of £1.2 million.

Phase Two

Transport Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers is working with Network Rail to develop phase two of the scheme which aims to deliver an hourly service, further journey time reductions of around 10 minutes and more efficient freight operations by March 2019. The project is currently at the design stage. Detailed information on the necessary works are anticipated in 2017.

Highland Main Line - map of the route

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