NETWORK Rail is set to commence a £3.5 million project to improve the weather resilience of the railway between Croy and Dullatur.
The ‘crucial’ nine-month programme, being carried out alongside QTS, will help prevent speed restrictions having to be imposed during periods of heavy rainfall – which Network Rail said will mean less disruption for passengers on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line.
Engineers will be clearing vegetation and upgrading drainage systems, as well as installing high-strength mesh, soil nails, and rock bolts on embankments to help prevent washouts and rock falls.
To carry out the work safely and to minimise disruption to services, engineers will complete some of the works at night. A section of Croy station car park will also be used as a compound for the project.
Jeremy Spence, Network Rail senior programme manager, said, “This work will help us manage the increasing periods of severe weather and the challenges they present for the railway. We will be keeping the community updated as our plans progress and will do all we can to limit disruption. We thank those living near the railway, and station users, for their patience while we deliver this critical improvement to Scotland’s railway.”