Track renewal in Scotland

Network Rail investing £4m into track upgrades in Ayrshire

As part of improvement works to keep rail passengers in Scotland moving, Network Rail is investing more than £4m to replace aging track between Glasgow and Kilwinning.

Engineers will target over a mile of track to replace at various locations in Ayrshire, including Howwood, Glengarnock and Dalgarven.

They will replace old, worn railway track by removing it and laying new stone ballast, sleepers and rails. This will help to guarantee continued, smooth operation of the railway line.

The work will be carried out over a period of four weekends, starting in late January 2022.

Due to the complexity of the engineering work, the project will see some short-term closures of the line. In these instances, Network Rail has been working with regional transport providers to deliver replacement bus services, as well as a direct bus service running between Glasgow Central and Ardrossan Harbour, to ensure ferry sailings remain connected to the local public transport network.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Route Director for Scotland, said: “The work we are undertaking is vital for the long-term future reliability of the line.

“Our engineers will be working around-the-clock to complete these complex projects as quickly as possible.

“We understand the inconvenience these works will cause to some passengers and residents and we thank them for their patience. We are committed to completing this work quickly and limiting disruption as much as possible.”

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