£1.2 million track upgrade for Glasgow Central station

The track at Glasgow Central's platform 1 will be upgraded as part of a 10-week programme beginning this weekend.

Glasgow Central station will benefit from a £1.2 million track upgrade project starting next month.

Network Rail engineers will improve the track at platform 1 as part of efforts to enhance the safety and reliability of the railway for years to come.

Platform 1 will be closed during the works, from 4 March 2023 until 12 May 2023, with the project running alongside the existing closure of the West Coast Main Line at Carstairs Junction to minimise the impact on passengers.

These essential works are part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing investment in Scotland’s Railway. The works include:

  • replacing 700 baseplates which are fixed to the concrete slab that holds the track in place
  • installing new sleepers along the length of platform 1
  • adjusting platform coping stones to maintain adequate clearance between platform and train
  • upgrading tactile paving along the platform edge.

Tom Podger, project manager at Network Rail, said: “These essential works at Glasgow Central will ensure we continue to run a safe and reliable railway.

“Had we used normal access arrangements this work would be spread over a period of approximately four years’ worth of Saturday night access and would be considerably more costly. Instead, we’ve planned this 10-week programme to run at the same time as the closure of Carstairs Junction so that disruption to passengers is kept to a minimum.

“Our team of engineers will be working around the clock to deliver these works safely and on time. We thank passengers for their patience and understanding during the works.”

If you have any questions about this work, you can contact Network Rail’s 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41. For the latest information and progress updates follow on Twitter @NetworkRailScot.