A £3.5m weather resiliency programme is set to begin, seeing Network Rail bolster the stability and safety of the railway between Croy and Dullatur.
This futureproofing nine-month scheme will see engineers conduct requisite works to aid in the prevention of speed restriction measures that are often imposed throughout spells of heavy rainfall. The successful completion of this project will have a transformative effect for passengers as it will result in less unnecessary disruption for passengers through opening capacity on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line.
Current preparatory works are seeing engineers clearing the vegetation along the route, with plans for drainage system upgrades. The further works within the project will see the installation of high-strength mesh, soil nails and rock bolts on embankments to help prevent washouts and rock falls.
Jeremy Spence, Network Rail senior programme manager, said:
“This work will help us manage the increasing periods of severe weather and the challenges they present for the railway.
“We will be keeping the community updated as our plans progress and will do all we can to limit disruption. We thank those living near the railway, and station users, for their patience while we deliver this critical improvement to Scotland’s Railway.”
Due to the complexity of a project such as this, the engineering teams will complete a portion of the works throughout the night, thus minimising the disruptions to services whilst also ensuring the safety of the workers.
Croy station will see a portion of its car park converted and utilised as a compound for the project, providing a vital access point, as well as a nearby footpath being required during certain points of the operation.
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