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£5 million investment to improve West Coast Main Line reliability

£5 million investment to improve West Coast Main Line reliability

Approximately £5 million has been invested to improve the reliability of the West Coast Main Line.

Network Rail confirmed that the funding was used to renew a mile of tracks and six sets of points during the weekends of April, as well as taking advantage of the Easter weekend to do so.

This will ensure greater reliability of the line through Rutherglen and across Shawfield junction – itself, a key location on the West coast Main Line between Glasgow Central and London Euston, which is one of Britain’s busiest rail routes.

It is significant in a time when vast amounts of finance are being pumped into infrastructure projects, because now, it means that this particular part of the West Coast Main Line will not need to be renewed for at least 30 years, allowing funding to be used elsewhere.

Network Rail Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, Liam Sumpter, explained the importance of this project in the context of the position of the West Coast Main Line in ensuring services run smoothly in Britain.

He said: “the West Coast Main Line plays a key role in the economic life of the country – carrying both passengers and freight – and this work will help improve its resilience and reliability.

“The project we have delivered throughout April is a significant investment in the long term future of our railway.”

During the month of April, more than 2,600 sleepers, 6,600 tonnes of ballast and 3,100m of rail were removed and replaced around the area of Rutherglen.

This paved the way for 11 engineering trains and three specialist cranes to work over the Easter weekend at Shawfield in order to cut up and remove existing points before laying 50 new pre-assembled track panels.

It means that trains will be able to transfer from one line to another in a much more reliable fashion, thanks to the new points.

Investment is set to continue during the next five years because of the commitment set out for Control Period 6.

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