The East Kilbride Enhancement project is at the centre of the Scottish Government’s recently launched Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan. This major investment in Scotland’s Railway is designed to provide enough capacity to meet the needs of passengers supporting four trains per hour during peak times (07.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00) with longer, quieter and greener 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.
An outline of some of the changes we hope to make:
- •Line of route decarbonisation, enabling quieter and greener trains.
•Platform works at all existing stations.
•Double tracking on the East Kilbride line to facilitate a more frequent service.
•A second platform at Thorntonhall, with step free access.
•The relocation of Hairmyres Station, with step free access and a large carpark.
•Brand new East Kilbride Station building, with two platforms and step free access.
As part of the Scottish Government’s Decarbonisation Plan, Network Rail are electrifying this route. This multi-million pound investment is designed to facilitate more seats with cleaner, quieter and more frequent trains. For now, we're seeking your views on how best to deliver this significant enhancement programme with the least disruption to you.
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Our ground and site investigation works are scheduled for completion this Spring which allows us to start preparatory works for future overhead line installation. Part of this work will involve ‘piling’, which is where we install steel pile foundations deep into the ground to provide the required support for the overhead lines. The time taken to install each pile can vary considerably given the depths we are installing the foundations to and the varying ground conditions.
The first stage of the piling programme is due to commence from Kennishead to Crossmyloof. Work will take place each night for 12 weeks from 17th April 2021, between 23:30hrs and 06:30hrs (no work on Friday nights), though not continuously at any one location.
As this work is part of a transient schedule, it’s difficult to outline exactly where we will be working each night. We will continue to keep you updated as best we can via letter, social media and on our website here.
Unfortunately, this will be noisier than work we’ve undertaken before and although temporary, will likely cause our neighbours disruption, especially those living close to the railway, and we apologise in advance for this.
Please read our FAQs here.
Project facts & Tasks
The current peak service from East Kilbride operates at a 6-car length, and passenger demand forecasts suggest that this capacity will be exceeded by 2023. The primary objective of this project is to provide sufficient capacity to accommodate this demand and subsequently to 2043.
In addition, the project is significantly aligned with the Scottish Government's target to decarbonise the railway by 2035, and therefore includes electrification, which has substantial environmental benefits such as; improved speed, reliability and quality of service.
What will change?
An enhancement this significant can take some time to plan and deliver and is therefore split into the project timeline above. Each stage has various components such as; public engagements, vegetation management, ground investigation and infrastructure changes to bridges, roads and stations.
The final project output consists of electrified lines, accessible stations, enhanced timetables and zero emission services that will contribute to taking more car journeys off the road and onto rail.