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Network Rail Scotland getting ready for CP6 infrastructure investment
Network Rail Scotland getting ready for CP6 infrastructure investment The iconic Forth Rail Bridge structure is scaffold-free for the first time in over a decade as repair and repainting programme draws to a close. £130m refurbishment project will mean no full-scale repainting for at least two decades. Network Rail announced today (Friday, December 9 2011) that its 10-year, £130m programme of refurbishment and repainting on the Forth Rail Bridge has reached an end. With the scaffolding which has encased the bridge for over a decade now removed, the 125-year-old structure will not need a full paint job for at least 20 years. The project, delivered by Network Rail and main contractor Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, involved encasing the bridge in up to 4,000 tonnes of scaffolding, painting over 230,000sqm of steel and all 6.5m rivets in the structure. Over the life of the project more than 1,500 people have worked on the structure, with more than 320 staff a day on the bridge at the height of the refurbishment works.

Network Rail Scotland getting ready for CP6 infrastructure investment

Network Rail Scotland is set to embark on a multi-billion pound spending programme on its infrastructure, which is why a large recruitment drive is set to begin.

In the five years from 2019, in excess of £4 billion will be invested to upgrade facilities, and improve both the running and maintenance of rail infrastructure.

This is part of the wider Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (CP6) between 2019 – 2024 which aims to also improve efficiency; Network Rail will invest more than ever before on the railways in those five years and Network Rail Scotland is following suit with heavy investment.

In order to prepare for this work, Network Rail Scotland is creating approximately 200 jobs, ranging from logistics, team leader and planning roles, to construction, rail operative and project management positions.

If the infrastructure improvements are to be made, a highly skilled workforce is required and Network Rail Scotland is aware of this fact in its drive to deliver a network in the country fit for the 21st century.

A spokesperson for the company commented: “We’re currently building the best railway Scotland has ever had and to do that we need to recruit and retain the best people.

“The railway is an exciting and fast-growing industry and Network Rail can offer a rewarding career.

“Rail travel is more popular now than ever before, with more than 96 million passengers travelling in Scotland each year, and our industry makes an important contribution to keeping the country and its economy moving.”

Even though the five-year investment period begins next year, rail improvements are already underway in the country.

Network Rail Scotland say the current period of enhancement is the biggest since the Victorian era and projects are taking place to expand the railway, give passengers improved facilities, and introduce electric trains that not only allow for more frequent and faster journeys, but also improved air quality.

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