PLANS for a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh have been shelved as a “bullet train” route to England must first be agreed.

In late 2012 the Scottish Government said it was forging ahead with plans for a 140mph service between Scotland’s two largest cities, with hopes it would be operational 10 years ahead of a proposed cross-Border link.

However, the 2015 Infrastructure Investment Plan did not include any mention of the project, forcing Scotland’s transport minister Derek Mackay to concede that it was not possible to “progress planning” until the link with England had been identified.

In 2012 the Scottish Government said it would not be bound by UK plans for a high-speed link, but Mackay now admits any Scottish bullet service “depends on the high-speed route coming up from the south”.

A draft business case submitted to ministers in 2014 said a Scottish service was not possible until a cross-Border route had been identified.