Access to Scotland's major urban railway stations

Edinburgh Waverley station

Stock photo © ManuelVelasco

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has carried out a short piece of work into access to Scotland’s major urban railway stations in order to identify issues and understand how access could be improved.

The Committee aimed to identify if there are shared issues being experienced by passengers up and down the country, including how easy it is for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled people to access and move within these stations. The Committee also wished to understand how access to other modes of public transport and taxis from stations might be improved to help people to carry on their journey.

Following this work, the Committee wrote to Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance, summarising the Committee’s findings:


Surveys to gather the views of rail passengers on access to, and within, nine major Scottish urban railway stations ran from 20 April 2015 to 8 May 2015. A total of 4875 responses were received, which can be broken down as follows:

Aberdeen: 677
Dundee: 780
Edinburgh Waverley: 653
Haymarket: 200
Glasgow Central: 456
Glasgow Queen Street: 268
Inverness: 652
Perth: 504
Stirling: 685

An analysis of survey responses has been produced by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe):

Written evidence

The Committee has also received the following written submissions in relation to this work.

Evidence sessions

The first evidence session was held on 20 May 2015 and the Committee heard from representatives of the Mobility and Access Committee Scotland, Transform Scotland and Transport Focus.

Official Report 20 May 2015

The second evidence session was held on 3 June 2015 and the Committee heard from representatives of the Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Scottish Taxi Federation and Sustrans Scotland.

Official Report 3 June 2015

The third evidence session was held on 10 June 2015 and the Committee heard from representatives of Dundee City Council, City of Edinburgh Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Official Report 10 June 2015

The fourth evidence session was held on 17 June 2015 and the Committee heard from representatives of ScotRail and Transport Scotland.

Official Report 17 June 2015

Additional information

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If you have any further questions regarding the Committee’s work on access to railways, please get in touch with the Clerking Team.

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