Vital improvement works for Dundee-Aberdeen line: South Esk viaduct

Thursday 4 Jan 2018

Vital improvement works for Dundee-Aberdeen line


The ScotRail Alliance will be working hard to keep customers on the move during the upcoming improvement works between Dundee and Aberdeen.

Buses will be provided to ensure customers are able to continue their journeys while essential work takes place to renew sections of track, refurbish bridges and prepare platforms for the arrival of new train fleets.

The works will take place on:

  • Sunday 7, 14, 21, 28 January
  • Saturday 3, and Sunday 4 February

On these dates, Network Rail engineers will continue the £4m refurbishment of South Esk Viaduct at Montrose and replacing over a mile of life-expired track on the line between Dundee and Aberdeen as well as altering platforms at Aberdeen station as part of a £1m project to allow Virgin East Coats’ fleet of new Azuma trains to run.

David Dickson, the ScotRail Alliance’s infrastructure director, said: “We are building the best railway that Scotland has ever had, and that really does apply to all of Scotland.

“While this work is being carried out, we will be doing all we can to keep people moving. We know that nobody likes having to take a bus instead of a train, which is why we’re carrying out the majority of these works on days when less people travel.

“You can find out more about these changes and what it means for your own journey by visiting the ScotRail website or by downloading the free app.”

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