FOI reference: FOI/17/01772
Date received: 19 July 2017
Date responded: 17 August 2017
Any information relating to the average costs of routine journeys, such as Edinburgh-Glasgow, Inverness-Glasgow etc. on a) the railways and b) the buses, in comparison with the prices of a) each of these modes of transport in other European nations and b) the costs of these journeys if made by car in Scotland.
Any information relating to the journey times between cities in Scotland at this current point, in comparison with the past and with the projected improvement in journey times scheduled with improvements to public transport infrastructure on-going or in the future, such as EGIP.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the specific information you have requested in respect of average costs of routine journeys, such as Edinburgh-Glasgow, Inverness-Glasgow etc. on the railways in comparison with the prices of;
(a) each of these modes of transport in other European nations and (b) the costs of these journeys if made by car in Scotland.
However as the information requested relates to the franchise operator, Abellio ScotRail, they may be able to help you. Abellio ScotRail can be contacted at;
Atrium Court 50 Waterloo St Glasgow G2 6HQ United Kingdom
The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.
With regard to the same information relating to buses, the bus industry is not regulated, and the Scottish Government, through Transport Scotland, does not have powers to mandate fares or timetables. As such, you may wish to consider contacting the individual bus operators for this information.
With regard to the second part of your request, the tables below show the quickest inter-city journey times taken from the current May 2017 timetable (Monday – Saturday).
|Glasgow||Aberdeen||2hour 32min||Dundee||Aberdeen||1hour 10min|
|Glasgow||Inverness||3hours 13min||Dundee||Inverness||2hour 30min|
|Edinburgh||Perth||1hour 16min||Aberdeen||Stirling||2hour 1min|
|Edinburgh||Dundee||1hour 5min||Aberdeen||Perth||1hour 33min|
|Edinburgh||Aberdeen||2hour 18min||Aberdeen||Dundee||1hour 8min|
|Edinburgh||Inverness||3hour 20min||Aberdeen||Inverness||2hour 9min|
|Stirling||Aberdeen||2hour 4min||Inverness||Dundee||2hour 34min|
|Stirling||Inverness||2hour 41min||Inverness||Aberdeen||2hour 9min|
Future journey time enhancements will be delivered by the following projects;
Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) plans to deliver a 42 minute fastest journey time between Edinburgh and Glasgow by December 2018.
Highland Main Line "phase 2" plans to deliver journey time reductions of around 10 minutes by March 2019.
Work is on-going to develop timetables associated with each project, with the detail to be made publically available 12 weeks before any timetable change date as per the standard industry process.
Longer-term aspirations are to further reduce Highland Main Line journey times to a fastest of 2 hours 45 minutes between Inverness and the Central Belt and an average 3 hours by 2025, Aberdeen Central Belt to deliver a 20 minute journey time saving by 2030, and Aberdeen to Inverness to deliver a 20 minute journey time saving and 2 hour journey time by 2030.
With regard to when the past is, to allow comparison I would need more specific information from you to be able to respond.
Reasons for not providing information
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because it does not hold details of the average costs of routine journeys, such as Edinburgh-Glasgow, Inverness-Glasgow etc. on a) the railways and b) the buses, in comparison with the prices of a) each of these modes of transport in other European nations and b) the costs of these journeys if made by car in Scotland. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information requested.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House