Work on West Highland Line

West Highland Line project completed following huge investment

Engineers have completed the £7m project to improve the reliability of services for passengers on the West Highland Line in Scotland.

Network Rail engineering teams worked round-the-clock over a 9-day period to replace over 3.5km of track between Upper Tyndrum and Spean Bridge.

The project in Scotland follows the recent announcement that ScotRail has been brought back into public ownership for the first time in 25 years.

As part of the work engineers also worked to improve the drainage and track over the Nevis Viaduct.

This engineering work has helped support the implementation of a new track design on the West Highland Line.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Route Director for Scotland commented on the work to improve the Line.

Mr Sumpter said: “This investment programme is vital for the future of Scotland’s railway.

“The work we have completed helps to provide a more modern railway and will help to improve reliability on the West Highland Line.

“[The Line] is visited by many thanks to its iconic scenery.

“We understand some customers may have experienced some inconvenience while the work was carried out.

“Such a significant investment could not be delivered without temporary disruption.

“Every effort was made to reduce the impact of our activities as much as possible.

“I’d like to thank all passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we completed this essential work.”

Network Rail staff were transported to the remote work sites by rail from Bridge of Orchy while the work was taking place.

This has helped to ensure that the project was finished on time and minimised any disruption caused.

 

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