Glasgow rail junction’s £4m Easter upgrade

Friday April 19th, 2019

Network Rail will be delivering a £4m upgrade to a key junction on the southside of Glasgow this

Over the bank holiday weekend, Shawfield junction will be renewed with six sets of points (rails which move to transfer trains from one line to another) replaced and nearly 400m of new track laid.

Shawfield is a key junction on the west coast main line between Glasgow Central and London Euston – one of the busiest rail routes in Britain.

The upgrade being carried out this weekend will improve the reliability of the line and will mean the junction doesn’t need renewed for another 30 years.

The team will use 11 engineering trains, and three specialist Kirow cranes to complete the job, with the existing infrastructure being cut up and removed before new track sections, which will be delivered in 50 pre-assembled panels, are laid.

Donald Morris, programme manager for Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said: “Our engineers will be working hard to complete this complex programme as quickly as possible for passengers.

“The west coast main line plays a key role in the economic life of the country – carrying passengers and freight – and this work will help improve its reliability.

“We understand the inconvenience this work may cause to some passengers and residents, but such a huge investment in the railway cannot be delivered without a short-term closure of the line.”

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