Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central project to make the railway safer and more reliable for passengers finishes

A project to renew track at Glasgow Central station has been completed.

The 10-week project which cost £1.2 million, was undertaken to future-proof the track and improve the reliability and safety of the railway.

The works included:

  • Replacing 720 baseplates which are fixed to the concrete slab that holds the track in place
  • Installing over 100 new timber sleepers along the length of platform 1
  • Upgrading tactile paving along the platform edge
  • Renew signalling cables
  • Cleaning the buffers
  • Deep clean of platform 1 and removal of overgrown vegetation

The works form part of the Scottish Governments continued investment in its railway which has included improvements at Motherwell and Aberdeen stations and the electrification of the line at East Kilbride.

Network Rail ran the 10-week programme of works at the same time as the closure of the Carstairs junction, ensuring minimal disruption. It is estimated that if the works had been completed with normal access arrangements, the works would have been spread across a four-year period.

Glasgow Platform 1 improvements

Tom Podger, senior project engineer, Network Rail Scotland said: “Our team of engineers have been working around the clock to deliver this project safely and on time. Their work will improve the track at platform 1 as part of efforts to enhance the safety and reliability of the railway for years to come.

“We are pleased that the works have been completed on time and within budget.”

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