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The remit of the Committee’s inquiry was —

  • To identify the potential economic and environmental benefits to be gained through the development of a high-speed rail network linking Scotland with major English conurbations, London and Europe via High Speed 1;
  • Options for ensuring that the existing rail network within Scotland can connect effectively with any high-speed network;
  • The practicalities and costs of constructing a high-speed line and the different options for routes and train types;
  • The potential for high-speed and improved links to achieve modal shift away from domestic aviation and long distance driving, as opposed to meeting increased overall demand; and
  • To identify any barriers to the development of improved high-speed rail links.


The Committee has completed its inquiry and has reported to the Scottish Parliament.

Read the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3), (SP Paper 219)


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 4 September 2008.

Read the call for evidence

Read the news release on the call for evidence

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 11, 18 and 25 November and 16 December 2008.

Read the meeting papers and the Official Reports


The Committee published its report to the Scottish Parliament on 27 February 2009.

Read the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3), (SP Paper 219)

Read the news release about the report


Read the Scottish Government’s response to the Committee’s report

Chamber debate

The Committee’s inquiry was debated in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 22 April 2009.

Read the Official Report of the debate

Contact: for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5229 or by e-mail at: