The station looks fresh and new now. Picture: Cumbernauld Media.
WORK on Cumbernauld railway station is nearly complete, after the new station building – the first of its kind in Scotland – was opened earlier this week by Cumbernauld’s local Member of the Scottish Parliament.
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn met with various ScotRail and Network Rail officials on Monday morning (14 July), before he officially opened the redeveloped Cumbernauld Station.
The opening of Cumbernauld Station follows completion of work worth nearly £1million, by Network Rail, over the past few months.
As part of their wider redevelopment of the station, Network Rail removed the old footbridge – known as Bell’s Bridge – and created a new staircase from the footbridge to the west of the station.
Work on the station also included demolition of the unused portion of the old station building as well as renewal, extension and upgrading of the platforms to support the new electric trains that run on the line following the completion of work to electrify the line in May.
The project is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme(EGIP) which will see the largest ever investment in Scotland’s railway infrastructure delivering wholesale electrification across the central belt as well as new and upgraded stations.
Commenting, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn said: “It is important that we do not forget the passenger when we are investing to modernise and upgrade our infrastructure as ultimately, the aim has to be to improve the overall experience while travelling by rail.
“While electrification delivers in terms of improving journeys, investing in stations such as here at Cumbernauld improves the environment, facilities and services and has tangible positive benefits for passengers.”
Alex Sharkey, Area Director at Network Rail welcomed Mr Hepburn’s visit.
He said: “Our aim was to construct and fit-out the new station building in as short a time and with as minimal disruption to passengers as was possible and credit goes to the EGIP project team who delivered on both counts.
“Building off-site and delivering the building in modular form entails a shorter construction time meaning passengers are able to enjoy the benefits the new station brings sooner.”
First ScotRail’s George Allan, who manages stations including Cumbernauld, added: “We’re pleased that the work was delivered without disrupting trains, and that any inconvenience to rail users was kept to an absolute minimum.
“The modernisation of the station is particular fitting given the £80million electrification of the Cumbernauld-Glasgow line earlier this year – meaning more modern, regular and reliable trains can be used on the route.”
Commuters travelling to and from the station will see a major difference to the station – not least the new station building, which is the first of its kind in the whole of Scotland.
The structure is a Macemain modular building solution and was installed over a 48hr period in mid-May – after work to electrify the Cumbernauld line was completed, as part of the first electrification delivery phase of the EGIP.
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