Network Rail to upgrade Glasgow railway infrastructure worth 17.8 million euros

This Christmas, Network Rail will be upgrading and renewing Scotland’s Glasgow Railway infrastructure to improve passenger journeys for 2021. These upgrades and renewals will be an investment worth 17.8 million euros. “These projects will help make our railway more resilient, more reliable and more sustainable, but such complex infrastructure improvements cannot be delivered without some short-term closures of the railway,” explains Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director.

The British railway company will be working on the rail lines in and around Glasgow city by relaying tracks, renewing junctions and upgrading signalling systems. “The works we are undertaking over the festive period is vital for passengers and freight relying on Scotland’s Railway,” emphasises Scotland’s capital delivery director. ”It is part of a 4 billion pounds (4.4 billion euros) investment being made in Scotland’s rail infrastructure between now and 2024’.

Upgrades and Renewals

From Christmas Eve until January the 2nd there will be the replacement of one kilometre of track with the restoration or refurbishment of 12 set points at Cadder, north of Glasgow city. Additionally, there will be a renewal of signalling and overhead power equipment. The team at Cadder will also upgrade point heaters to help stop rails from freezing during winter months. Greenhill junction also located north of Glasgow will receive upgrades of the signalling system to provide more resilience for the railway and reduce delays.

In the south of Glasgow city centre, engineers will be working from the first until the fourth of January to renew junctions and life expired tracks. Included in these works will be renewing equipment at Muirhouse junction, through the replacement and refurbishments of the track and infrastructure approaching Glasgow Central. Furthermore, as these upgrades will have an impact on some services ScotRail has urged passengers to check their journey in advance.

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Author: Sarah Chebaro

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