Network Rail Opens East-West Rail Link in Scotland

10 March 2011 (Last Updated March 10th, 2011 18:30)

Rail operator Network Rail has opened the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link in Scotland, UK, which is the first direct rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow after 50 years. The £300m ($484.2m) link will re-establish the connection between the east and the west with trains running every 15 mi

Rail operator Network Rail has opened the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link in Scotland, UK, which is the first direct rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow after 50 years.

The £300m ($484.2m) link will re-establish the connection between the east and the west with trains running every 15 minutes between the two cities.

The project involves 15ml of new track in West Lothian and North Lanarkshire along with the upgrade and reconstruction of several stations and 69 rail bridges.

The project has been funded by Transport Scotland and built by Network Rail after receiving granted royal assent in 2006.