Drop-in events announced over Barrhead-Glasgow electrification plans

Network Rail

NETWORK Rail is to hold drop-in events to allow residents to find out about its £63.3 million electrification of the Barrhead to Glasgow rail line directly from the project team.

Taking place on June 20 and June 22 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Cleeves Primary School in Glasgow, members of the public will be able to put questions directly to those behind the work.

Set to get underway towards the end of this month, Network Rail engineers will work to deliver platform and ducting works at Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley, Nitshill, and Barrhead stations.

New overhead power cables will also be installed, whilst the existing footbridge at Nitshill will be removed due to it not providing the required height for the new overhead equipment.

A new, longer ramp, which introduces step-free access to Platform 2 will replace the bridge, with Network Rail saying that it will make it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or cycles to access the platform.

Paul Reilly, Network Rail’s senior programme manager, said, “Everyone is welcome to come along to our drop-in events. We’re looking forward to answering any questions and explaining the works, as well as the wider benefits they will bring when the project completes.

“By working continuously for six-weeks, this allows our engineers to complete the overhead wire installation and carry out complex civil engineering at key stations between Barrhead and Kennishead.

“Removing the old footbridge at Nitshill and replacing this with a new ramp to Platform 2 makes the station much more accessible for our passengers. Extending the length of Platform 3 at Barrhead station will mean it’s able to accommodate four carriage trains.

“We appreciate the inconvenience work on this scale can cause and I would like to thank the community for their continued patience as we deliver this vital investment that will help create an even greener railway.”