Feeder station, via Network Rail

Scotland’s electrification process thunders forward

Sector monolith, Network Rail are rolling out engineers to introduce new a new modular feeder station, whilst upgrading a key track section cabinet near Glasgow Central station, to support the electrification of Scotland’s railway.

These crucial works come as progression for the £120m Scottish Governments investment to add resilience and capacity into the network. As electric trains are set to be introduced on the lines between Glasgow, Barrhead and East Kilbride, these works will upgrade and reconfigure power supplies to support the great electrification.

Alice Wilson, scheme project manager for traction power at Network Rail, said:

“The £120m Scottish Government investment to upgrade the electric power supply into the rail network is key to helping us meet our target to decarbonise Scotland’s Railway by 2035.

“This work will power the cleaner, greener electric trains on the Glasgow- Barrhead and East Kilbride lines in the coming years. This directly supports decarbonising passenger services on Scotland’s Railway by 2035 and delivering the modal shift required for Scotland to reach Net Zero.

“Working on Glasgow’s electrified rail network is always challenging but our industry partners have worked with us to plan, design and deliver the work in a way that reduces risk, minimises disruption and helps us to move forward with our plans to decarbonise the network.”

These works come as a continuation of the £120m traction power investment which was responsible for the delivery of Ferguslie feeder station in Paisley in July 2022, entering service in early 2023. This initial phase of the investment will culminate with the delivery of six new feeder stations and nine upgrades to traction power infrastructure locations on the railway across the central belt, Scottish Borders, and Fife.

The upgrades to the power supply network will be ongoing until 2026 and will enable the future introduction of electric trains across services, with an increased overall capability of 25kV to the electrified network.

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