Scotland’s new £33m rail engineering depot creates 25 jobs

Jenny Gilruth meeting staff at the new £33m depot (image credit: Network Rail)

A new purpose-built rail engineering depot in Cadder has already created 25 new jobs, following its official opening in December.

Located between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie on the Edinburgh and Glasgow main line, the £33 million development was managed by Network Rail and funded by the Scottish Government.

It includes three new service platforms, train cleaning facilities, a refuelling unit, night-time accommodation for up to six high-speed trains, and a new modular building with capacity to accommodate up to 250 support staff.

Network Rail said that Cadder was identified as the ‘ideal location’ to accommodate high-seed trains due to its accessibility to Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley stations, where more than 80% of ScotRail’s Inter7City services start or finish.

Jenny Gilruth MSP, Scottish Government minister for transport, said on a recent visit to the depot, “I was delighted to see first-hand ScotRail’s new engineering depot at Cadder and to hear about the benefits it will create for Scotland’s Railway going forward. This Scottish Government-funded facility will help support some of the existing fleet and also the introduction of new rolling stock, as part of our decarbonisation action plan.

“It has already created 25 new jobs and also supports over 200 existing roles within the yard which is another example of the real benefits for the industry and direct investment making a real difference from this Government.”

Kris Kinnear, capital delivery director for Scotland’s Railway, added, “The £33m investment into Cadder Depot will bring many strategic benefits for Scotland’s Railway including providing greater flexibility for freight and passenger services, and ultimately improving performance on key intercity routes.

“Working with Transport Scotland, ScotRail and the Rail Systems Alliance to develop, design and build this facility has been a really brilliant example of strong partnership working, and its location between Glasgow and Edinburgh is ideal for the workforce who are taking forward the rolling programme of decarbonisation.”