Network Rail Scotland complete tunnel repairs in Glasgow

Network Rail Scotland complete tunnel repairs in Glasgow

Network Rail has completed a £1 million project to upgrade ageing infrastructure and track near Dalmuir station near Glasgow.

Engineers had been working on upgrading the track through the 127-year twin tunnels in the West Scottish town, which carries the railway under the Forth and Clyde Canal.

As well as working on the track renewals, teams also renewed switches and crossings in the tunnels, which were also in need of repair.

Upgrades were also made at Dalmuir station, upgrading supporting brackets for the rails on the platforms.

The complexity of the project meant that the project could not be delivered without a short-term closure.

Kevin Haddow, project manager, Network Rail Scotland, said: “Our team has been working around-the-clock to deliver this project safely and efficiently. Their work will improve the long-term reliability of the line and we are pleased to have been completed the work on time and within budget.

“We would also like to thank passengers and residents for their patience during the project.”

Dalmuir station is a key interchange on the network, with the Argyle Line, West Highland Line and the North Clyde Line all converging near to Dalmuir.

Network Rail has also begun working on a £2.5 million improvement project on another tunnel in Glasgow as it begins engineering and repairs on the Finniestoun tunnel.

The engineering team will be waterproofing the tunnel which is on the same line as the twin tunnels at Dalmuir, and was built at the same time as them as well as clearing drainage channels and replacing steelwork repairs.

Allison Flannigan, project manager at Network Rail, said: “The Finnieston tunnel opened in 1886 and continues to play an important role on the North Clyde Line, as over 133 trains pass through it each day.

“We have a responsibility to maintain our assets to make sure they are fit for purpose and continue to deliver operational reliability for our customers.

Photo Credit: Network Rail

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