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EGIP improvements get underway; Cumbernauld station platforms to be lengthened

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013.

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Cumbernauld Train Station platforms will be lengthened. Picture is courtesy of Bill Henry.

SUNDAY (June 23rd) heralded the kick-off to the electrification of Cumbernauld’s line, as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The improvement work kick-off means that many evening and night time train services will be replaced by buses, although the weekend’s launch itself follows months of extensive preparatory work to the line-side and structures along the route, work to erect stanchions and string overhead power lines.

EGIP; The £40m, government-funded, scheme will see over 50km of railway electrified as part of a wider £80m investment in the line between Cumbernauld and Scotland’s largest city with the works in Cumbernauld – which will see the station platforms lengthened – due to take place between June 2013 and Spring 2014.

The project marks the first phase of electrification on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), and the scheme will be delivered in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, with a number of service disruptions scheduled – which have been detailed below. 

Gartcosh - Cumbernauld / Falkirk Grahamston and Motherwell – Cumbernauld

From Wednesday 26 June 2013 buses will replace trains from around 19:30hrs on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


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Glasgow Queen St - Cumbernauld / Falkirk Grahamston

From Sunday 23 June 2013 buses will replace trains from around 19:30hrs on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

There will also have to be a number of all-day Sunday closures between Glasgow and Cumbernauld over the course of the project, with the first of these taking placeon Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 28.

Commenting, a Network Rail spokesman said: “The project is a significant enhancement of the line between Glasgow and Cumbernauld and is the first step in a major transformation of the railway across the central belt.

“While we understand the inconvenience these work may cause some passengers, the project has been designed to deliver these enhancements in the most efficient, cost-effective and quickest way possible.”

Commenting, a ScotRail spokeswoman added: “We’ve posted a revised train and bus timetable on our website, and organised on-train and station announcements to inform customers.”


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