Carillion has won a £40m contract from Network Rail for the first phase of electrification under the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) in the UK.
Under the deal, Carillion will be responsible for the electrification of the 50km Cumbernauld – Glasgow Queen Street line in the Scotland.
Carillion will also lengthen platforms at Cumbernauld station and build a new turnback facility at Springburn.
The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow and is part of a wider £80m investment in the Cumbernauld – Glasgow line.
Network Rail’s route managing director for Scotland David Simpson said that the contract would help develop the rail operator’s new alliancing approach to infrastructure projects, working closely with contractors, train operators and other stakeholders to cost-effectively improve services for passengers.
"This project will create jobs and modernise rail services to Cumbernauld as well as mark the beginning of a transformation of services across the central belt as we begin to deliver the wider EGIP project, enhancing rail travel between the country’s two biggest cities," Simpson said.
Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "The Scottish Government’s funding of the electrification of the Cumbernauld line, and our £5billion package of investment over the coming years, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to EGIP and to the Scottish rail network."
The £650m EGIP project will cut 10 minutes off journey times between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley, as well as facilitating the introduction of longer, electric trains.
Image: Carillion will electrify the Cumbernauld-Glasgow Queen Street line as well as lengthen platforms at Cumbernauld station. Photo: courtesy of Big Jim Fae Scotland.