Momentous work is set to take place throughout the festive period to improve journeys from 2021 for rail passengers in Glasgow.
Engineers will be working on key rail lines in and around the city, relaying tracks, renewing junctions and upgrading signalling systems as part of a £16m investment in Scotland’s Railway over Christmas.
From late on Christmas Eve until the early hours of Saturday, January 2nd, work will continue at Cadder to the north of the city to replace over 1km of track and renew or refurbish 12 sets of points.
Overhead power equipment will also be replaced and points hearers, which will help stop rails from freezing during the coming winter months.
Improvement work is also set for Greenhill Junction to upgrade signalling systems to make the railway more robust and reduce delays for passengers.
From New Year’s Day until the early hours of January 4th, work will take place to renew equipment at Muirhouse junction, replace and refurbish track and other infrastructure on the approaches to Glasgow Central – near Bridge Street on the south side of the river, and within the station itself.
These projects will have an impact on some services in and out of Glasgow Queen Street, but alternative routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh will be available.
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s Capital Delivery Director, said: “The work we are undertaking over the festive period is vital for passengers and freight relying on Scotland’s Railway. It is part of a £4bn investment being made in Scotland’s rail infrastructure between now and 2024.
“These projects will help make our railway more resilient, more reliable and more sustainable, but such complex infrastructure improvements cannot be delivered without some short-term closures of the railway.
“We’re urging passengers who need to travel over the festive period to plan ahead and check how these works may affect their journey this December and early January.”
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