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WSP to test Highland line journey times

Douglas RushforthProfessional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to assess route speed improvements on the Highland Main Line. 

The appointment by Transport Scotland will see the consultants produce a business case for rail plans to improve connectivity between Inverness and the Central Belt of Scotland. 

Douglas Rushforth (pictured), project director, said: “The Highland Main Line is an exciting project win for us. 

“Our role will be to outline a business case for the planned journey time improvements, improved capacity and more efficient freight operations making sure that any changes to the existing line are justifiable.

“The project will be important in assessing how these changes will reduce travel times for passengers, so we look forward to seeing how our part in this will help support the next phase of improvements.”

The Highland Main Line is the main link for passengers travelling onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This project forms part of the second phase of the Highland Main Line upgrade. The first phase delivered two additional rail services which have reduced the journey time on the train line by an average six minutes.  

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff recently completed work on the new Edinburgh Gateway Interchange and was part of the team that refurbished Edinburgh’s Waverley Station in 2014.


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