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The plan for the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link

The Plans for the Airport Rail Link

Click on the tabs at the bottom of the interactive map below to see how the new route fits into the local network, allowing direct rail travel to and from Scotland's main cities to the Airport.

Project Details

The powers sought by the Bill, as set out in the Promoter's Memorandum are to provide the promoter with statutory authority to:

  • construct a new station at Edinburgh Airport; and
  • construct new railways to connect this new station into the national railway network.

The works will provide approximately 14km of new railways together with nearly 4km of upgraded existing railway, and seek to connect:

  • the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line via:
    • to the north west, an upgraded section of the existing railway between Winchburgh and Kirkliston and a new railway, connecting the existing Dalmeny Chord Railway, between Kirkliston and the airport; and
    • to the south, connecting from the airport to the main line at Roddinglaw;
  • connecting with the Edinburgh to Fife and North East Railway via:
    • to the north, a new railway from the airport to Dalmeny; and
    • to the south, via a new railway from the airport to Gogar.

In connection with these works, the Bill provides for the 'stopping up' of lengths of some roads and other rights of way where they cross, or are on, the route. Diversions and substituted roads will be provided and are included as scheduled works. In addition, the Bill enables the authorised undertaker to construct miscellaneous works and do other things that are required in connection with, or in consequence of, the scheduled works.

The new railways will be able to operate as an integral part of the national rail network. However, this will require some adjustments, in particular to signaling equipment, within the existing network. In addition, the powers of the Bill allow for the necessary remodelling of two existing railway junctions: at Roddinglaw and Winchburgh.

The Bill also provides for the compulsory purchase of land required for the scheme.

For a detailed map of the proposed route click here to download a PDF (3.2Mb)

What Trains will use the Rail Link?

The timetable has not been finalised but it is possible that the following stopping pattern may be implemented:

Route Trains Stopping
Edinburgh - Glasgow 2 per hour
Edinburgh - Dunblane 2 per hour
Fife 2 per hour
Edinburgh - Aberdeen 1 per hour
Edinburgh – Inverness& Perth 1 per hour

New, faster trains are expected to minimise any extra journey time created by the additional stop.

That only the Runway Tunnel Option, as defined in the Act, offers the full range of benefits including new interchange possibilities using the airport as a transport hub. Other options are cheaper but only offer a fraction of the return.

September 2007
Following a motion passed in the Scottish Parliament; the EARL project is to be suspended. Work completed to date on the design of EARL will be preserved and archived in a manner which does not close down future options.

20th July 2007
Following a motion passed in the Scottish Parliament on the 27th June; current development work on the EARL Project will be suspended by the end of July 2007.

19th April 2007
The EARL Bill was granted Royal Assent on Thursday the 19th April and is now an Act of Parliament.

14th March 2007
The Scottish Parliament has voted to approve the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill following a debate at Holyrood today

13th February 2007
EARL Consideration Stage Report Praises 'Open and Transparent' tie Limited

6th December 2006
The Assessor Period ends with 18 remaining Objections. The Assessor will report to the Committee in the New Year

11th October 2006
Scottish Power Energy Networks withdraws its objection to EARL

15th September 2006
tie welcomes EARL committe approval

26th June 2006
EARL receives Euro funding boost


EARL Related Links

""Learn how the new Link will improve the national rail network and access to the airport
Explore the routes to Edinburgh Airport

""Making the Rail Link a Reality


Have your say about the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link


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