Glasgow Central set for £1.2m improvement project

Network Rail

GLASGOW Central is set to benefit from a £1.2 million track upgrade project starting next month.

It will see Network Rail engineers improve the track at platform 1 of Scotland’s busiest train station as part of efforts to enhance the railway for ‘years to come’.

The works include replacing 700 baseplates which are fixed to the concrete slab that holds the track in place, installing new sleepers, adjusting platform coping stones to maintain adequate clearance between platform and train, and upgrading the platform’s tactile paving.

Platform 1 will be closed during the works, from March 4 until May 12, with the project running alongside the existing closure of the West Coast Main Line at Carstairs Junction to minimise the impact on passengers.

Tom Podger, project manager at Network Rail, said, “These essential works at Glasgow Central will ensure we continue to run a safe and reliable railway.

“Had we used normal access arrangements this work would be spread over a period of approximately four years’ worth of Saturday night access and would be considerably more costly. Instead, we’ve planned this 10-week programme to run at the same time as the closure of Carstairs Junction so that disruption to passengers is kept to a minimum.

“Our team of engineers will be working around the clock to deliver these works safely and on time. We thank passengers for their patience and understanding during the works.”