Carstairs station in South Lanarkshire has reopened after a 12-week phased closure which included remodelling and platform upgrades.
As part of the work to remodel the junction, engineers have realigned the station platforms to work with the new track geometry and overhead wire layout. This included reshaping 65m at the south end of platform one to enable a more efficient connection from the station to the Edinburgh line.
Work also saw the removal of the platform edges and surfaces and the renewal of more than 300m of platform surface drainage. The lighting systems across the station were also upgraded before new platform copes, with integrated tactile edges, were added and the full 2,500 square metres of the platform was resurfaced.
Jim McCleary, Network Rail’s programme manager for the Carstairs project said: “While part of the work was essential to the overall delivery of the remodelling of the junction, the track-access provided an opportunity to renew and upgrade the platforms at the station.
“The station work was delivered during the 12-week closure on the line and I am delighted that this was carried out safely and efficiently. It’s credit to the skill and expertise of the contractors involved.”
The work on the station is part of the West Coast Main Line which has recently seen further work on electrification at Barrhead and structural repairs at the Clyde Viaduct as part of Network Rail’s continued investment on the line and in the region.
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