Monday 6 Dec 2004

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR CRIANLARICH COMMUNITY

Region & Route:
Scotland
Network Rail is set to gift Crianlarich Viaduct a new coat of paint following a £6 million major investment on the West Highland Line.  The fresh look will enhance the overall look of the viaduct which is situated in the heart of the Highland village. The investment which involved major engineering work covering 40 miles, did not include additional work such as painting structures.  However, by adopting efficient working practices, Network Rail is able to fund the painting of the viaduct. Ron McAulay, Route Director, Scotland said:  “This has been a major engineering project which was completed on time and within budget.  Our remit was to carry out vital structural repairs to allow for the continued safe use of the line.  However, we were keen to paint the bridge if possible, in order to improve its appearance as a gesture to the community.” Crianlarich Viaduct underwent extensive refurbishment during essential engineering work on the West Highland line last month which also included the construction of a new bridge at Ardlui and major restoration of Gairlochead and Auchtertyre Viaducts.               The work also saw improvements to 600 metres of track and involved over  1,000 tonnes of materials and more than 260 employees.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - Scotland
0141 555 4109
mediarelations@networkrail.co.uk

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk