Edinburgh Airport’s train-tram hub is to be built even if there are no trams.

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Plans for a train-tram hub serving Edinburgh Airport are to go ahead, even if it isn’t getting any trams. The train-tram interchange being built to serve the airport is slated for construction, even though the tram scheme is in trouble, reports The Scotsman.

The train-tram hub is being built as part of a huge upgrade to Scottish railways. The interchange will be at a new station at Gogar.

The interchange is part of plans to invest more than a billion pounds in electrifying to the majority of the rail network across the Central Belt. News of the latest developments came out as Transport Minister Keith Brown launched consultation on the scheme.

Speaking at the launch yesterday, Mr Brown said the tram scheme’s fate was in the hands of Edinburgh City Council. Whether or not the trouble tram scheme goes ahead, however, the station at Gogar will still be built.

Network Rail will apparently go ahead with building the interchange station in case the tram scheme is implemented at a later date. Under the original plans, trams would ferry rail passengers between Edinburgh Airport and Gogar station.

Network Rail says that no matter what happens with the tram plans, some of the trains using the Edinburgh-Glasgow main line will have to be diverted through Gogar, instead of following the existing route that runs south of the airport.

The rail company says the re-routing would be needed to make more room on the existing line. The rail upgrade programme is scheduled to complete in five years.

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