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Almond chord to be examined again

Photo: Congestion relief in western Edinburgh: ScotRail’s No 158739 arrives at Haymarket with the 15.40 Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh service on 30 July 2019.


The Scottish Government is to undertake preliminary work on delivery of the Almond chord, a link between Almond and Winchburgh Junctions.

A £15 million investment will enable options for the Edinburgh Waverley Western Approaches (EWWA) project to be taken forward to Outline Business Case stage. Options will be explored for a chord with flat junctions at each end, with grade separated junctions at each end, or with grade separation only at Almond Junction. The Scottish Government says the work will help provide understanding of performance benefits and help inform which is the most suitable option, along with a detailed understanding of the potential costs.

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