Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, welcomed Keith Brown, Transport Minister for the Scottish Government, to Paisley to officially open the electrification of the Canal Street train line. The project involved a £12 million pound investment to electrify the 8 mile rail line between Paisley and Glasgow. This will ensure that the train system serving the town is now updated allowing new, cleaner more efficient electric trains to run on the line.
Speaking on the opening of the new line, George said;
‘This is a fantastic development for the transport infrastructure of Paisley, and indeed Renfrewshire. To see the completion of this £12 million project, on budget and on time is being promoted in wider transport circles as a prime example of how to execute such a major train line development.’
I was delighted to welcome Keith to my home town, show off the fantastic project and also show him the line that I use to get to the parliament during the week. I must congratulate all those involved in making this investment such a success.’
Keith Brown, Transport Secretary said;
‘This project is designed to improve efficiency and reliability on the route. Five miles of railway have been electrified between Paisley Canal and Corkerhill, and sections of track altered to allow modern electric trains to run on the line. By working closely with Scot Rail and Network Rail we have significantly reduced the cost of the project, which was originally estimated at £28m”.
“The SNP Government is totally committed to modernising and improving Scotland’s railway system”.