Over £17m of works to be undertaken on Scotland’s railway over Christmas

Stock image
(Karl Weller, Shutterstock)

SCOTLAND’S railway is to undergo over £17 million worth of works during the festive period, Network Rail has announced.

Engineers will be relaying track, renewing junctions and refurbishing structures in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lanarkshire from Christmas Eve until early January.

Most work will be carried out while trains aren’t running, but the rail firm said ‘significant’ activity on the West Coast Mainline around Uddingston, Motherwell and Carstairs will affect customers.

From end of service on Christmas Eve until January 2, work will be taking place to renew Uddingston Junction, while over the Christmas and New Year weekends work will also be underway to install foundations for new overhead powerlines around Carstairs.

Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said, “The work we are undertaking over the festive period is vital to the long-term future of Scotland’s Railway. Helping to make our infrastructure more resilient and more reliable, the work we are doing is part of a five-year, £4 billion investment in our railway.

“However, such complex improvement work cannot be delivered without some short-term closures of the railway and we’re urging passengers on these routes to plan ahead and check their journey in advance.”