Edinburgh International Surface Link
Outline proposals for review and comment
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EISL is a set of proposals for discussion and comment.

The proposals were developed in response to the range of comments concerning the earlier EARL plans for the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link. These EISL proposals endeavour to address as many of the concerns raised about EARL and other proposals as possible:

  • Avoid risky construction techiques tunnelling under a live runway or the River Almond
  • Provide a station with four platforms to accommodate frequent services to all parts of Scotland and beyond
  • Do not rely on a business case dependent on continuing expansion of air travel. Provide for airport expansion but also provide an alternative surface travel option for UK destinations
  • Avoid a single phase project with a high capital cost
  • Avoid rail alignments with steep gradients unsuitable to current rolling stock
  • Avoid flat junctions, especially in tunnels, that pose safety concerns
  • Avoid flat junctions that create operating constraints and delays

These EISL proposals are intended to provoke discussion and to provide a base on which improvements can be made. Your comments can help to refine these proposals. This site is updated regularly with amendments to the proposals to reflect comments received.

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Comments on the proposals are welcome and should be sent to: admin@eisl.org.uk