Scotland to Reopen Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Line After 50 Years

11 August 2009 (Last Updated August 11th, 2009 18:30)

The Airdrie-Bathgate passenger rail link in Scotland will be reopened in 2010 after being closed for 50 years. Work is underway on the £300m (according to 2006 figures) reinstatement project for the line. The project has completed its initial stages, which includes the removal

The Airdrie-Bathgate passenger rail link in Scotland will be reopened in 2010 after being closed for 50 years.

Work is underway on the £300m (according to 2006 figures) reinstatement project for the line.

The project has completed its initial stages, which includes the removal of bridges and vegetation, construction of new bridges and roads, and drainage work, as well as the installation of 1,000 foundations and 600 overhead lines.

Work is now in progress on Armadale station, the first new station along the rail link.

The rail lines between Bathgate and Edinburgh and between Airdrie and Drumgelloch are also being revamped as part of the project.

The project is being implemented by Network Rail and funded by Transport Scotland.