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June 20, 2013

Carillion to start Cumbernauld-Glasgow line electrification project in Scotland

Carillion is set to start work on the £40m electrification of the 50km Cumbernauld - Glasgow Queen Street line in Scotland on 23 June.

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Cumbernauld Station

Carillion is set to start work on the £40m electrification of the 50km Cumbernauld – Glasgow Queen Street line in Scotland on 23 June.

Network Rail awarded Carillion the contract in January 2013 as part of the first phase of electrification under the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) in the UK.

The move follows six months of preparatory work to the line side and structures along the route, while the work to erect stanchions and string overhead power lines will be carried out between June 2013 and spring 2014.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, is part of an £80m investment in the Cumbernauld – Glasgow line.

Under the deal, Carillion will also be responsible for lengthening platforms at Cumbernauld station and building a new turnback facility at Springburn.

"The move follows six months of preparatory work to the line side and structures along the route, while the work to erect stanchions and string overhead power lines will be carried out between June 2013 and spring 2014."

Engineers from Carillion will carry out the improvement work during evenings and weekends.

A Network Rail spokesman said that the project will improve the line between Glasgow and Cumbernauld and marks the first major transformation of the railway across the central belt.

"While we understand the inconvenience these works may cause some passengers, the project has been designed to deliver these enhancements in the most efficient, cost-effective and quickest way possible," the spokesman said.

The £650m EGIP project is expected to reduce journey times between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley by ten minutes, as well as facilitating the introduction of longer, electric trains.


Image: In addition to electrifying the Cumbernauld-Glasgow line, Carillion will also lengthen platforms at Cumbernauld station.

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