Busby Junction - Barrhead Electrification

Busby Junction - Barrhead Electrification

Line of route electrification from Busby Junction to Barrhead. Developed in conjunction with the East Kilbride Enhancement project.

This project consists of line of route electrification between Busby Junction and Barrhead as part of the first phase of Scotland's Rolling Programme of Decarbonisation, enabling the operation of longer, greener and quieter electric trains between Barrhead and Glasgow.

Project Timeline

  1. Feasibility
  2. Option Selection
  3. Detailed Design
  4. Construction & Completion

Project Updates

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As part of the Scottish Governments action plan to decarbonise the railway by 2035, Busby Junction to Barrhead was selected as one of two priority lines for electrification, with the other being East Kilbride. The existing railway between Busby Junction to Barrhead consists of 12 km of non-electrified single track.

What will change?

The Busby Junction to Barrhead project is being managed in conjunction with the East Kilbride Enhancement Project, however will enter into service in December 2023, in advance of the East Kilbride service. As well as route clearance and electrification, the project scope includes alterations to Platform 3 at Barrhead Station to facilitate longer 4-car electric trains as well as replacing the footbridge at Nitshill Station, which is non-compliant for electrification.