Friday 15 Dec 2017
Vital engineering works for Coatbridge railway line
Network Rail engineers will deliver a £3.5m investment to renew a key junction in Coatbridge this Christmas.
The work will take place between Sunday, December 24, and Tuesday, January 2, and is vital to the long-term future of the railway.
The project will renew Coatbridge Central Junction, replacing over 1,000 yards of life-expired track as well as resurfacing Platform 2 at Coatbridge Central station.
Once complete the renewed infrastructure will mean a more reliable railway for passengers and will reduce the need for long-term maintenance on the line.
During the works, Bank Street and Buchanan Street in the town will be closed from 23:00 on December 24 until 08:00 on December 28 for safety reasons.
These road closures will allow engineers to renew the track across the railway bridges over these streets. Closing the roads will reduce the risk of any ballast (stones from the track) falling onto the public below.
From December 27 to December 30, replacement bus services will also operate between Cumbernauld-Motherwell to allow these works to take place.
Eddie McLoone, Network Rail’s scheme project manager for the work, said: “This investment and maintenance is essential to ensure the continued running of a reliable rail network and it cannot be delivered without some short-term disruption to train services and the local road network.
“The work is being delivered over the festive season to limit the impact of the project on passengers and road users by taking advantage of what is a quieter time of year with fewer people travelling to work or school.”
Across Scotland this Christmas, Network Rail will complete more than £15m-worth of infrastructure upgrades with around 4,500 engineers working over 50,000 hours.
Signalling and overhead power lines will be renewed and replaced at locations around Glasgow and new tracks will be laid on sections of the west coast main line and the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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.
About Network Rail
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.