Croy weather resilience work
Croy weather resilience work
A £3.5m programme to improve the resilience of the railway against adverse weather between Croy and Dullatur
The nine-month project will see Network Rail and contractor QTS carry out crucial work to help prevent speed restrictions having to be imposed during periods of heavy rainfall, meaning less disruption for passengers on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line.
See our latest press release here.
Services affected Sunday 16 April
Train services into Glasgow Queen Street will be affected on Sunday, April 16. Passengers can check their journey at ScotRail
To carry out the work safely and to minimise disruption to services, engineers will complete some of the works at night.
In addition, here is some important information that station users may find useful.
- A section of Croy station car park will be used as a compound throughout the project.
- Train services into Glasgow Queen Street will be affected on Sunday, April 16. Passengers can check their journey at ScotRail.
- Our teams will require access to the footpath/cycle from Dullatur to Croy station. This will result in closures of the route from early April until mid-July and then again from late September until late November due to the nature of the work being carried out at these times, including deconstructing the old boundary wall.
We appreciate this may cause an inconvenience to some passengers, neighbours, pedestrians and cyclists, we wish to reassure you that we will not disrupt public access for any longer than is necessary and we thank those affected for their patience and understanding during these times.
Our teams are busy on site, here's a look at some of our hard work so far.
We're working around-the-clock, making sure everything is nice and tidy line side by removing overgrown vegetation.
We've also started drilling to install the bottom anchors to secure the rock netting.
And some of old boundary wall has been removed along the embankment.
Since our last update, the following works have been ongoing...
- Devegetation of the cutting slope on the golf course side of the line – now approximately 90% complete.
Installation of the bottom anchors to the rock cutting on the golf course side
Removal of the old boundary wall along the top of the cutting slope on the same side which should hopefully be completed over the coming weekend.
We are hoping to commence with the deveg works to the slope on the quarry side of the line from next week.
Fencing erected along the path as work progresses
At the weekend, our teams commenced with the installation of soil nails. This had to be done using a long-reach excavator sitting on the footpath which runs alongside the golf course.
To help keep everyone safe, we have had to erect Heras fence panels around the excavator.
However, the rest of the footpath up to there has been left open.
Signage has been erected at either end to advise the public where the footpath is closed up ahead and this is complemented by the signage supplied to us by NLC which displays their suggested alternative route.
We anticipate that this aspect of the works will be ongoing for the next 3 months but we will make every effort to reopen the footpath as soon as it is safe to do so, even whilst the works are still ongoing, if possible.
Scotland's Railway delivers engagement sessions at a school in Croy
Whenever undertaking a project, Network Rail and our contractors look for opportunities to engage with the local community.
As part of these efforts, staff from our contractor QTS, who are carrying out weather resilience work at Croy on behalf of Scotland's railway, visited Holy Cross Primary School in Croy to take part in some talks and activities.
There were also STEM activities and challenges that the pupils took part in as well as getting the opportunity to try out some of the PPE operatives wear.
The teams had a fantastic time working with the children and feedback from the school has been overwhelmingly positive with discussions taking place on offering something similar to primary 7.
The work we are doing here will help prevent speed restrictions having to be imposed during periods of heavy rainfall, meaning less disruption for passengers on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line.
What will change?
Engineers will be clearing vegetation and upgrading drainage systems.
The project will also include installing high-strength mesh, soil nails and rock bolts on embankments to help prevent wash-outs and rock falls.