Scotland's Railway to benefit from £15m of upgrades this Christmas: NR engineer

Monday 6 Nov 2017

Scotland's Railway to benefit from £15m of upgrades this Christmas


Engineers will be working around-the-clock this festive period to complete more than £15m-worth of infrastructure upgrades across Scotland as part of Network Rail's GB-wide Railway Upgrade Plan.

Around 4,500 engineers will work over 50,000 hours this Christmas and New Year on projects around Scotland.

Over the festive period, signalling and overhead power lines will be renewed and replaced at locations around Glasgow, new tracks will be laid on sections of the west coast main line, and on the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a junction in Lanarkshire will also be renewed.

Work on the electrification of the network will also continue with new overhead powerlines and supporting equipment being installed on sections of the Stirling-Alloa-Dunblane route and further progress being made on the upgrade of tracks and platforms at Edinburgh Waverley.

Engineers will also be working to refurbish and maintain bridges, level crossings and tracks elsewhere across Scotland during the holidays while our network is quieter.

Across Britain, more than 32,000 railway staff will be out delivering £160m-worth of work creating more reliable infrastructure, reducing journey times and improving facilities and services for passengers.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “Thousands of passengers are on the cusp of seeing their rail journeys transformed in the months ahead as our massive £50bn Railway Upgrade Plan reaches its final stages with the introduction of thousands of new services now just around the corner.

“This Christmas will see over 30,000 dedicated and hardworking railway people working round the clock to deliver a bigger and better railway for the millions of people who rely on it every day.

“While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this Christmas.

“We know that our railway is up to 50% quieter than usual during the festive period so taking on and delivering these huge transformational schemes at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers who, so research shows, understand the need for such activity.”

Over 95% of the GB-wide network will be unaffected by the work, however, some routes will see significant changes to services.

A breakdown of how some journeys will be affected can be found by visiting and following #ChristmasWorks on Twitter.

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Network Rail press office - Nick King
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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan

The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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