Yousaf: timetable go­ing to plan

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

Scot­tish Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Is­lands Humza Yousaf is con­fi­dent of the timescales re­gard­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and the in­tro­duc­tion of the Class 385s.

Speak­ing to RAIL at Glasgow Shields Road on De­cem­ber 11, he said: “There will be a step change. Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is the big­gest change in a gen­er­a­tion. We are plan­ning for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, and we have no rea­son for chang­ing that. Things are mov­ing to the timetable we planned.”

How­ever, Yousaf re­mained crit­i­cal of the de­lays and Net­work Rail go­ing over bud­get ( RAIL 815): “The projects over­run­ning is un­ac­cept­able, and I am still not sat­is­fied with the HLOS [High Level Out­put Spec­i­fi­ca­tion] process. The way we cre­ate pro­cesses has to change.”

He said that the in­fras­truc­ture pro­ject pro­cure­ment and early cost es­ti­mates, and the fact that the costs went up, is un­ac­cept­able.

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