New £33m depot to be built in Cadder to service high speed trains

A new £33 million train depot and staff accommodation facilities are to be built within the existing Cadder railway yard, which sits between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie.

It comes as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing investment in the country’s railway, with Network Rail delivering the project.

Babcock has been appointed as the main contractor for the project, alongside sub-contractors Story, CK Contracts, CPMS, Airquick, Structural Fabrications, Forte Engineering, Rail Electrical Services and CPR.

The work will see the construction of three new service platforms and night-time accommodation for six high speed trains, as well as a new modular building to accommodate up to 250 support staff working on the railway.

The new service platforms will be complemented by the installation of a new cleaning facility and re-fuelling unit which will allow for night-time cleaning, servicing and maintenance for the high speed trains that travel from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness.

Graeme Dey, minister for transport, said, “This impressive new depot, funded by the Scottish Government, will service the requirements of the refurbished high speed train fleet that has transformed long-distance travel between Scotland’s seven cities.

“It offers real benefits including supporting over 200 existing jobs while also creating the potential for up to 25 new roles. I have also been impressed by the collaboration displayed between Network Rail, the Rail Systems Alliance, Scotland and the various contractors who have been working together to deliver this new facility.”

Alex Sharkey, Network Rail programme director for the rail system alliance Scotland, added, “There will be many strategic benefits from this new HST depot to both Network Rail and ScotRail. The new facility will free up space at the existing depots at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield and Perth station, providing greater flexibility for freight and passenger services, ultimately improving performance on key intercity routes.”

Syeda Ghufran, ScotRail engineering director, said, “Cadder depot is going to be an impressive addition to our maintenance facilities. Being able to accommodate some of our HST fleet there overnight will take the pressure off other depots around the country and Cadder, located between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line, is an ideal location for stabling ScotRail HSTs.”

The new office facility will accommodate Rail Systems Alliance Scotland (RSAS) staff, which is a partnership between Network Rail, Babcock and Arcadis. The two-storey building located within the yard will be operational both day and night and will also provide accommodation for ScotRail HST Depot staff.