Normal service resumes following successful delivery of Rutherglen works: 30 July OLE work at Rutherglen

Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Normal service resumes following successful delivery of Rutherglen works

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Services are running as timetabled through Rutherglen today following Network Rail’s successful completion of planned engineering works as part of a major £100m investment in one of the busiest rail corridors in Scotland.


The Polmadie and Rutherglen Renewals (PARR) project is enhancing the signalling system between Glasgow Central and Rutherglen which will benefit routes south and east and across Lanarkshire.

The project is also renewing and upgrading the track and overhead line equipment within the Rutherglen East Junction area and on the strategically important West Coast Mainline to London.   

Ongoing since December 2016, PARR will improve the reliability of the railway, increase line speeds and improve the efficiency of train movements through the series of junctions at Rutherglen.

In addition to enhancing the signalling and overhead electrification systems, it is also renewing track, modernising the telecoms network and other supporting infrastructure to transform the way the junction is operated and maintained in the future.

Due to the complex nature of the work over the past few weeks, disruption was unavoidable on mid-weekdays as well as Saturdays and Sundays. The final weekend of work saw 72hrs of continuous round the clock working to renew and test signalling infrastructure and systems and sections of overhead line equipment through the busy rail corridor.

David Dickson, Network Rail’s infrastructure director, said: “It is great that such a major part of this project has been delivered successfully and that service for passengers can return to normal. This work is essential to ensuring that the network is resilient and reliable and that the quality of service can be maintained.

“I’m sorry for the short-term disruption that this work has caused, but the long-term improvements which are being delivered by this £100m investment will be hugely significant for services across a range of routes and will benefit thousands of passengers every day.

“While some inconvenience was unavoidable, we scheduled activity at the quietest times of the year to minimise disruption and worked closely with various train operators to get passengers to where they needed to be during this period.

“We are grateful for passengers’ patience while we delivered this investment in the network.”

The PARR project will be complete by September 2018.


Notes to Editors

Notes To Editors

Polmadie and Rutherglen Renewals project in numbers

On completion, PARR will have delivered


6 Relocatable Equipment Buildings (REB) and 107 location cabinets

3 new signal gantries

11 new signalling posts

45 Refurbished signalling posts

12.5km of cable routes


37 new, renewed or refurbished points (track to track crossings)

4.6km of renewed track

13 under track crossings (UTXs)


80 piled foundations

2 Twin Track Cantilevers for overhead electrification wires

42 Overhead line electrification structures

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