Engineers work ‘around-the-clock’ to reopen line following train derailment

Network Rail

RAIL services have resumed through Coatbridge Sunnyside following a derailment last Friday.

Network Rail engineers worked ‘around-the-clock’ over the weekend to re-rail the train and repair ‘significant’ damage to the track.

Its team replaced four half switches, which are the moveable sections of track that move trains one line to another, as well using specialist tamping equipment to re-align other parts of the track.

The organisation said that no one was injured during the derailment, which happened at around 21:30 on Friday 6 May, when the train was out of service and travelling at a low speed.

Liam Sumpter, route director of Scotland’s railway, said, “Our team has worked tirelessly to carry out the necessary repairs to the track and signalling system, so that normal service could resume today.

“This was an incredibly complex and demanding recovery process that had to be carried out very carefully.

“The vehicle was removed without further damaging the railway infrastructure, which helped us re-open the route as quickly as possible.

“My thanks go to our passengers and the people of the nearby community for their understanding and patience while we worked to re-open the route.”