Barrhead to Glasgow Electrification

Barrhead to Glasgow Electrification

Electrification of the Glasgow-Barrhead line introduces a substantial change to the railway environment, as the new overhead power cables carry a deadly 25,000 volts of electricity and are always on, so always stay off!


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  • Why is this work taking place?

    The wider Glasgow - Barrhead electrification project is being carried as part of a Scottish Government investment to decarbonise passenger services across Scotland’s Railway.

    This will encourage a greater modal shift from car journeys, reduce overall transport emissions, and provide a better a service to our passengers.

  • What did you do during the six week period of works?

    From the 24 June until 4 August, engineers delivered an intense period of works between Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley, Nitshill and Barrhead stations.

    This critical milestone on the project involved installing the new overhead power cables needed to introduce electric services on the route, as well as carrying out ducting and coping works, parapet modifications, track renewals and signalling works.

    We also removed of the existing footbridge at Nitshill station and replaced this with a new, longer ramp that provides access to Platform 2 for services to Barrhead and Kilmarnock.

  • What's the next phase of activity on the project?

    Over the next few months, we will be carrying out finishing work to the overhead line equipment - followed by a signalling commissioning. Test trains will then run between Glasgow - Barrhead in the autumn, with electric trains being able to operate on the route from December.

    Electrification introduces a substantial change to the railway environment in terms of risk for those living or working near to the newly electrified route. Overhead equipment has a deadly 25,000 volts running along the lines at all times. and it is always on.

  • How can I keep updated on the latest developments about this project?

    You can keep track of what's happening on the project by visiting this dedicated online portal regularly.

    If you have any questions about our work, you can contact Network Rail’s 24 hr national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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