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Scotland's Railways

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Chapter 4 :The rail network in Scotland - maps and key facts

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Source: Arup

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4.1 In 2004/05, the rail network in Scotland comprised 2,729 kilometres of railway 23% of which is electrified. By the end of 2005 there were 341 stations 1 leased by First ScotRail, and 4 others operated by Network Rail (Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley), GNER (Dunbar) or a private company (Prestwick International Airport), recording more than half a million passenger journeys. The average rail journey in Scotland in 2003/04 was around 28 miles. Two thirds of rail passenger journeys were on services supported by the west of Scotland commuter network, and one third were elsewhere in Scotland. The rail network in the west of Scotland is the most heavily used commuter network in the UK outside London.

Number of passenger and parcel stations

Number of passenger and parcel stations

Scottish Executive Scottish Transport Statistics No. 24 2005 Edition

4.2 The total number of First ScotRail rail passenger journeys originating in Scotland was 75.1 million in 2005-06. This is 9% more than the previous year, and 48% more than 10 years earlier.

Passenger journeys wholly within Scotland (in million miles)

Passenger journeys wholly within Scotland (in million miles)

Scottish Executive Scottish Transport Statistics No. 24 2005 Edition

4.3 10.9 million tonnes of rail freight were lifted in Scotland in 2004/05. 6.9 million tonnes went to destinations outside Scotland while 1.5 million tonnes came into Scotland by rail. Coal and other minerals accounted for three-quarters of the freight lifted in 2004/05. Rail accounted for 5.1% of the total weight of freight lifted by all modes, but 11.3% of the tonne-kilometres, due to rail freight tending to travel longer distances. Of all freight lifted in Scotland, 59% was delivered elsewhere within the UK and about 5% was delivered outwith the UK (because of the way that the statistics are compiled, the 5% figure includes freight for export which was delivered to a port in Britain, as well as Channel Tunnel traffic). Since 1999, 30 awards of Freight Facilities Grant, totalling £73 million and removing 70 million lorry miles from our roads, have been awarded. Of these, 24 totalling £53 million have been awarded to rail freight projects.

Rail freight lifted in Scotland (in million tonnes)

Rail freight lifted in Scotland (in million tonnes)

Scottish Executive Scottish Transport Statistics No. 24 2005 Edition