Network Rail unveils plans for East Kilbride station enhancements

Artist’s impression of Hairmyres station
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A public engagement event is to be held to highlight proposals for Hairmyres and East Kilbride train stations.

Under the Network Rail plans, Hairmyres Station would be relocated to a site off Redwood Avenue, which sits 600m to the west of its existing location in East Kilbride. A new accessible building would also be built at East Kilbride Station in the town’s village area.

Plans include extending the existing track loop at Hairmyres by 1.4km and installing a second platform at the site of the new station. The rail organisation said the enhanced loop would provide ‘greater operational resilience’ during times of disruption and the opportunity to increase services to meet future demand.

Network Rail added that it would work in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council on the Hairmyres Station project, creating an opportunity to provide an improved transport interchange hub with increased car parking – including disabled and EV charging spaces.

Ahead of submitting a prior approval notice to South Lanarkshire Council for the works, Network Rail is holding an engagement event at the Plaza Mall in EK Shopping Centre, on October 11 from 1pm until 5pm.

Stephen McCall, Network Rail programme manager, said, “I would encourage East Kilbride residents to come along on the 11 October to meet the team and find out more about our plans for both stations and the sustainable benefits the wider project will deliver. The East Kilbride enhancement project will create an electrified railway that allows us to remove diesel trains from the network and introduce carbon-free journeys for communities along the East Kilbride to Glasgow railway corridor.

“This will be a game-changer in terms of the passenger experience, as the benefits will include improved line speed, reliability of service and a greener, cleaner railway environment.”