Network Rail will deliver approximately £18 million worth of improvements across Scotland’s railway during Easter.
Engineers will put in more than 20,000 hours of combined work on projects throughout the country, with track renewals and signalling very much on the agenda.
Scotland’s railway is one of a number throughout Britain that will see multi-million pound upgrades delivered across the network during the Easter holidays, making passenger journeys better in future.
On Scotland’s railway, more than 1,500 engineers will work on projects including major investments for Glasgow and Aberdeen.
In the former, signalling and track upgrades will be delivered on the west coast main line, where the points that allow trains to transfer from one line to another will be renewed; the cost of this is approximately £4 million.
On the west coast main line, which links Glasgow Central to London Euston, tracks will be renewed, and a level crossing put in place, as well as improvements to under-line drainage between Beattock and Abington.
Seven bridges will be either replaced or refurbished in the north east, where drainage will be improved, as part of summer plans to double-track the line between Aberdeen and Inverurie.
Liam Sumpter is the Chief Operating Officer for Network Rail Scotland.
He described the work as “vital,” and explained what the programme of upgrades will deliver.
He said: “This investment programme is vital for the future of Scotland’s railway.
“It will help to improve reliability on the west coast main line – one of Europe’s busiest rail routes – and prepare the way for a significant improvement in services for customers in the north east of the country.
“The work we are undertaking will help to provide a more modern and more reliable railway.”
Control Period 6 (CP6) is now underway, during which Scotland will receive record investment, facilitating projects such as those delivered over Easter.