Network Rail to deliver £10m Easter investment programme
Network Rail engineers will be working around-the-clock this Easter bank holiday to deliver £10 million of improvements for passengers.
On the west coast main line, which links Glasgow Central to London Euston, engineers will renew tracks at a range of locations including Ecclefechan, Carstairs, Beattock and Abington to help improve the reliability of services.
The programme of work this Easter is part of a five-year, £4 billion investment in Scotland’s Railway helping to make our infrastructure more resilient and more reliable.
Most of the country’s services are unaffected by Easter’s investment programme, but due to the complexity of the engineering work, these projects cannot be delivered without some short-term closures of the line.
Improvement works are also ongoing on the Argyle line, impacting services between Exhibition Centre and Rutherglen.
Liam Sumpter, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: “This investment programme is vital for the future of Scotland’s Railway.
“The work we are undertaking this Easter weekend will help to provide a more modern railway and will help to improve reliability on the west coast main line – one of Europe’s busiest rail routes.
“We understand the inconvenience this work will cause some customers, but such a significant investment cannot be delivered without temporary disruption and every effort has been made to reduce the impact of our activities as much as possible.”
Meanwhile, Anderston station will re-open on June 5 as Network Rail’s engineers complete critical work on the entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms.
The city centre station has been closed since March 13 as part of the ongoing eight-week closure of the Argyle line to deliver a £32m investment in repairing and renewing tunnels, bridges and tracks between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre.
The work is designed to improve punctuality, reliability and the passenger experience on the line for years to come.
When the Argyle line re-opens on May 8, normal services will resume, however, trains will not stop at Anderston until June 5.
Extending the closure of Anderston allows the most critical work to be finished earlier and reduces the overall time taken to renovate the station by 12 weeks, completing in the autumn instead of by December 2022.
Once complete, the station will feature a lift for better customer access, a remodelled booking office and modern finishes on the stairs, floors and ceilings. This also includes improving the outside area to the station, with a new-look glazed entrance and enhanced external lighting.
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said: “We’re making these improvements as part of our commitment to becoming a better railway for our customers.
“The enhancements to the entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms will result in an improved passenger experience in the station. And the new lift will make access to and from the platforms easier, particularly for those with mobility difficulties.
“By keeping the station closed until June 5, beyond the re-opening of the wider Argyle line, we’re able to complete the work sooner, meaning passengers can reap the benefits of an improved station sooner.
“We fully appreciate that the closure of the station will mean customers have to plan ahead. During this time, I’d encourage customers to use other stations nearby and I’d like to thank them for their continued patience.”
David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: “If you use Anderston station then these improvements are going to make a big difference to your travel experience.
“The great news is that by keeping the station closed for a few extra weeks we’ll be able to modernise the entrance, concourse, and platforms more quickly.
“Customers will start enjoying their new surroundings from June and we thank you all for your patience while these essential enhancements are completed.”