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April 30, 2015

UK’s Network Rail to improve key lines on Scotland’s railway

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to provide more than £12m of improvements on key lines on Scotland’s railway during this month.

By Samseer M

Network Rail

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to provide more than £12m of improvements on key lines on Scotland’s railway during this month.

The railway will see the replacement of track and renewal, as well as bridge refurbishments on the cross-border West Coast Mainline and also other lines linking Lanarkshire and Glasgow.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: "Our improvement programme this bank holiday is focused on delivering a better service for passengers.

"We are acutely conscious that many people want to use the railway over the bank holiday to reunite with their friends and families, which is why the vast majority of the network is running normally over the long weekend."

"Our improvement programme this bank holiday is focused on delivering a better service for passengers."

As part of this project, Network Rail engineers will demolish the existing life-expired road-over-rail bridge on Old Mill Road to replace it with a new structure.

In addition, they will refurbish and repaint the metal pedestrian footbridge over West Coast Mainline near the Logan’s Road level crossing in Motherwell.

The Law junction will benefit from the renewal of sections of track as part of a £6m project to upgrade the junction over the next three weekends. Moreover, a £1.5m project will see engineers renewing track and improving drainage under the West Coast Mainline.

Network Rail said the completion of these projects will impact on services on some ScotRail routes, including those to Lanark, Larkhall and Edinburgh. Cross-border services will also be affected over the weekend.

Carne added: "We’d like to apologise to any passengers whose plans are affected by our improvement work, but I hope they will understand that this is a quieter time on the railway and we want to minimise the overall impact of these vital projects on passengers."


Image: More than £12m of improvements on key lines on Scotland’s railway will be delivered. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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