Platform 1 renewals, via Network Rail

Glasgow Central’s platform 1 renewal programme seeing steady progression

Glasgow Central’s £1.2m platform 1 renewal upgrade is progressing well since the 10-week programme of works began on the 4th March.

Passengers traversing through the busiest station in Scotland will soon be the beneficiaries of tracks improvements at platform 1, coming as part of an overarching ambition to enhance the overall safety and reliability of the futureproofed railway.

The works up to now have successfully removed rail along the length of the platform whilst breaking out sections of the concrete slab that lies beneath. Concurrently, more than 100 timber sleepers have been replaced, with ambitions now to the hanging and installation of all 723 baseplates. The engineering teams will also renew signalling cables, clean the buffers and upgrade the tactile paving along the platform.

Throughout the duration of these works, platform 1 has been closed alongside the existing closure of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Carstairs Junction. This has been scheduled to ensure minimal disruptive impacts to passenger travels, with expectation to open on the 12th May.

Following his visit to the site, Liam Sumpter, Scotland’s Railway Route Director, said:

 “These essential works at Glasgow Central station will ensure we continue to run a safe and reliable railway.

“Had we used normal access arrangements this work would be spread over a period of approximately four years’ worth of Saturday nights and would be considerably more costly. Instead, we’ve planned this 10-week programme to run at the same time as the closure of Carstairs Junction so that disruption to passengers is kept to a minimum.

“We have made some efficiencies in costs and timescales and have used this to allow for a deep clean of Platform 1 and removal of overgrown vegetation which is difficult to access during normal circumstances.

“We continue to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while we undertake these essential works.”

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