Carstairs line, via Network Rail

Scotland’s rail network to receive festive infrastructure boost

Key infrastructure across Scotland’s railways are set to receive vital upgrades over the coming festive period, seeing a multi-million-pound project of works being conducted via Network Rail engineers. Upon culmination of the project, passengers will benefit from improved reliability and punctuality across their journeys.

These works will include a range of track, drainage and signalling improvements to be completed in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire, and Dundee. Due to the nature of this scheme, the Carstairs junction – a route which links Glasgow and Edinburgh to London – will be closed Day for signalling and overhead line improvement works. It will be closed again on New Year's Day for signalling and drainage work, re-opening at 9am on 2 January.

To avoid further disruptions, where possible, the works have been scheduled to be conducted whilst trains aren’t running, however there will be unavoidable disruptions to passenger and freight services due to the significant activity in Dundee and track renewals at Slateford (in Edinburgh) over the New Year.

Kris Kinnear, Capital Delivery Director, Network Rail Scotland, said:

“These essential works will help improve the passenger experience while protecting the railway infrastructure for years to come.

“Most of the festive period works are being completed when trains are not running. We are, however, urging passengers – especially those travelling in the east of the country - to plan ahead and check their journey in advance.”

On the East Coast Mainline, the track between Chester Hall and Penmansheil will be closed between 11pm on Christmas Eve until 5am on 27 December for rail replacement work.

Powderhill Junction on the East Coast Mainline will also be closed from 11.15pm on Christmas Eve until 9am on Boxing Day for drainage upgrade works.

In Glasgow, at Eglinton Street, drainage works will begin at 11.10pm on Christmas Eve and will be complete at 9am on Boxing Day.

On New Year’s Day, LNER and CrossCountry services won’t operate between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central. Avanti West Coast and Transpennine Express will only operate services to and from Glasgow Central and the south.

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