Engineers working on the plan

Engineering work planned for West Coast Main Line

Essential maintenance and upgrade work is set to take place on the West Coast Main Line over the late May bank holiday, affecting a number of locations between Glasgow and the Border.

From Saturday May 29, 2021 through until the early hours of Tuesday June 1, 2021, Network Rail engineers will be working at a number of key locations to complete the works.

This includes at Carstairs the renewal of two junctions and work on overhead electric power lines, as well as the refurbishing of a road-over-rail bridge near Carstairs station.

Work will also be taking place to renew life-expired track at a number of locations, including at the Dryffe Water Viaduct near Lockerbie and at several sites around Gretna and Wamphray.

Track engineering works will also be taking place by Network Rail teams in and around Crewe and Carlisle.

Network Rail have warned there may be significant disruption to some cross-border services on the West Coast Main Line and some ScotRail services, travelling via Carstairs, as a result of the engineering works.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Route Director for Scotland, said: “Most of Scotland’s Railway will be open as usual, but some services will be significantly affected and we’re advising passengers to check before they travel.

“The work we are delivering is part of a £4bn, five-year programme of investment that will help to transform rail travel across Scotland.

“The West Coast Mainline plays a key role in moving freight and passengers around the country and the work we are undertaking this weekend is vital to its long-term reliability.”

Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations and Safety at Avanti West Coast, added: “As Network Rail carry out vital works near Carstairs, there will be alterations to our services to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“As a result, journeys will take longer and involve a rail replacement service.

“We strongly recommend you make a reservation, plan your journey in advance as well as check the National Rail Enquiries and Avanti West Coast websites before travelling.”

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