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East Kilbride Enhancements

East Kilbride Enhancements

The East Kilbride Enhancement project is part of the Scottish Government’s wider plans to decarbonise passenger services across Scotland’s Railway. By electrifying the route and introducing electric trains, this enables carbon free journeys for communities along the East Kilbride to Glasgow railway corridor.

The East Kilbride Enhancement project is a £139.8m investment at the centre of the Scottish Government’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan. This major investment in Scotland’s Railway is designed to provide quieter, greener and cleaner trains.

Reducing carbon emissions will not only improve rail’s green credentials but will make the air cleaner and play a vital part in building a strong, green economy for the future.

We will be rolling out a programme of works that will play an important part in Scotland’s Railway offering more sustainable travel options.

Scotland's Railway - East Kilbride Enhancement Project (youtube.com)

PROJECT UPDATE

Engineers will be working around-the-clock from 19 until 22 July to deliver a significant phase of the project.

Passengers are advised to plan ahead as no trains will run on the route from 00:20am on Friday 19 July until services resume at 05:30am on Monday 22 July, with replacement buses running instead.

This to install the remaining steel pile foundations into the ground between Busby and Thornliebank - we've already completed over 160 foundations over the last few months.

Track side cabinets and cabling that power signalling equipment are being relocated on site at the new Hairmyres station so we can complete the platform works here.

A significant amount of earthworks is being done create the necessary ground clearance to allow a 1.4m extension to the existing Hairmyres passing loop to take place next year. Also, abutments that supported a disused bridge over the railway are being removed, following on from the demolition of the bridge deck last year.

Please check the status of your journey at www.scotrail.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk

Project Timeline

  1. Feb 2024 to June 2024 - Following completion of site set up, a 16 months construction programme begins to the new Hairmyres station and to the accessible new building at East Kilbride station.
  2. 13 Jan to Dec 2024 - 11 months programme of piling and steelwork installation between Busby and Thornliebank stations.
  3. March to Dec 2024 - 9 months programme of piling and steelwork installation between East Kilbride and Thorntonhall.
  4. 02 April 2024 to June 2025 - 14 months programme to replace Thornliebank Road bridge on the B769.

Project Updates

  • Full funding granted by Scottish Government

    Hairmyres station artist impression


    On 06 September 2023, Minister for Transport, Fiona Hyslop MSP, approved full funding for the delivery of the East Kilbride Enhancement Project.

    This £139.8m investment from the Scottish Government will deliver:

    • Electrification of the route between East Kilbride and Glasgow,
    • A relocated accessible station at Hairmyres,
    • A new accessible station at East Kilbride,
    • A 1.4km extension of the existing loop at Hairmyres,
    • A new accessible station footbridge with lifts at Giffnock Station and platform extensions,
    • A new footbridge and additional station entrance at Clarkston station,
    • A new footbridge at Busby Station
    • The introduction of greener and cleaner electric trains from December 2025.
  • East Kilbride station

    A 16-month programme to construct a new, accessible building at East Kilbride station began in February 2024 by Network Rail and AmcoGiffen.

    Once work completes in June 2025, the new station will provide a more modern and accessible building, with improved passenger facilities, a new booking office a waiting area and a small retail unit.

    To allow the safe delivery of the construction works, 129 parking spaces at the station are being used to house a site compound from March 2024 and throughout the works.

    The compound provides welfare and office facilities for staff, and the necessary space for the plant and materials needed to safely deliver the works.


    The new station building will be located within the existing station footprint, between Torrance Road and West Mains Road.

    To enable the construction of the new building at the buffer end of the station, the platform is being extended by 51m to the Glasgow bound side. This then allows the buffer to be moved a few metres along the track from its current position.

    Extending the existing platform also makes it possible to accommodate longer trains.

    Although the current station building will operate as normal during delivery of the works, the kiosk will be demolished in the spring of 2024, with a small retail unit included as part of the plans for the new building.

  • Piling Works

    From June to July 2023, we carried out some advanced piling between Busby and Thornliebank stations to install steel foundations into the ground, which will provide the support required for the new overhead line equipment.

    From 13 January 2024 until the end of this year, this programme of activity resumes.

    From March until December 2024, we and SPL Powerlines UK are delivering a programme of piling and steelwork installation between East Kilbride and Thorntonhall.

    The piling works are being delivered in several phases, which means we won’t be working in the vicinity of any one property for the full duration - it would be over several nights within the timeframes.

    • Each pile takes between 20 and 60 minutes to complete
    • A pile will be installed, on average, every 50 metres
    • Mast height varies from 6.5 to 7.5 metres depending on the geography of the area
    • Once complete, work will move along the track to the next location
  • Thornliebank Road bridge works

    Thornliebank Road bridge



    Thornliebank Road bridge (B769), which crosses the railway near Thornliebank station, is being replaced over a 14-month period that starts from 02 April 2024.

    This vital work being delivered by Network Rail and Story Contracting is to create enough space underneath the new bridge to install the overhead line equipment to allow electric trains to run on the line.

    From 02 April and up until June 2025, the road at the bridge will be closed and vehicles will be diverted via Thornliebank Road, Rouken Glen Road, Fenwick Road, Kilmarnock Road and Nether Auldhouse Road (and vice versa).

    You can download and view this map in greater detail here

    Routes for First Bus services 57 and 57A will operate a diversion during the road closure and stops within the closed area will not be served during this time.

    Full details of all diversions for affected routes can be found at

    firstbus.co.uk/greater-glasgow

    57 and 57A diversion route

    The majority of the works between April and the existing bridge being demolished in late September 2024 are being delivered during the day, as per the dates and times detailed below.

    Work shedule

    Train services will continue to operate as normal to and from Thornliebank station except during the demolition weekend from 27 to 30 September.

    Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained throughout the works, except during the weekend of the demolition works.

    Over the coming months, a number of utilities will be diverted from the existing bridge to safely house these inside a temporary utility bridge before works then start on the bridge.

    Artist Impression

    Artist impression of new road bridge on completion of works.

  • Hairmyres new station

    As well as constructing an accessible new building at East Kilbride station, Network Rail and AmcoGiffen are delivering the new Hairmyres station, a critical element of the East Kilbride Enhancement project.

    We’re relocating the station about 600m west of its current location, as the footprint of the existing station doesn't provide the required space for the new station.

    The first phase of the works started in early 2024 and over a 16-month programme, we will be delivering the new station building which will have an accessible footbridge with lifts providing access to two platforms.

    Later in the programme in 2025, we will be extending the existing track loop at Hairmyres by 1.4km.

    This allows us to double the track at this section of the railway and is why the new station can provide two platforms, which will help improve future performance and reliability on the line.

    To create the new platforms, work took place between February and April 2024 and involved lifting 184 separate precast concrete units into position.

    East Kilbride Enhancements - Hairmyres new station update - April 2024 (youtube.com)

  • South Lanarkshire Council's Proposal of Application Notice

    South Lanarkshire Council's Proposal of Application Notice

    As part of the advanced works, South Lanarkshire Council has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for a transport interchange which will play an important part in the East Kilbride Enhancement project.

    The application represents a significant opportunity to provide improved transport connections for the local community.

    Hairmyres transport interchange - South Lanarkshire Council

Why?

The East Kilbride Enhancement is one of two key projects in the central belt that make up part of the Scottish Government’s programme to decarbonise Scotland’s Railway, the other being Glasgow - Barrhead.

By removing diesel trains currently operating on the track and replacing them with more environmentally friendly electric trains, the project will help to deliver substantial environmental benefits such as improved speed, reliability and quality of service.

What will change?

Reducing carbon emissions will not only improve rail’s green credentials but will make the air cleaner and play a vital part in building a strong, green economy for the future.

To achieve this, we will deliver a range of activities across the railway corridor including platform works at existing stations, the replacement of several bridges to ensure the safe clearance height for an electrified railway, relocating Hairmyres station and providing step-free access to platforms and a transport interchange hub, as well as delivering a new station building at East Kilbride.

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