Row over rail £3.6bn funds

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

SCOT­LAND’S rail­ways will re­ceive a £3.6 bil­lion boost in fu­ture years via the Bar­nett fund­ing for­mula.

UK min­is­ters said the fig­ure is an in­crease of £600 mil­lion on the pre­vi­ous pe­riod.

Holy­rood is also be­ing given greater con­trol over how its rail is funded so that it can choose how best to use the money to im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity of ser­vices for pas­sen­gers, fund up­grades and in­vest in faster trains.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said the money was £600m short and would do “se­ri­ous dam­age” to the rail­ways.

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