East Kilbride Enhancements
East Kilbride Enhancements
The development of an electrified railway line between East Kilbride and Glasgow.
Please contact us on EKEnhancements@networkrail.co.uk for any questions.
Why is this project taking place?
This project is being carried out in support of the Scottish Government’s target to decarbonise the railway by 2035. It will encourage a greater modal shift from car journeys in and out of Glasgow city centre, reduce overall transport emissions, and provide a better and more frequent service to our passengers.
What will this project deliver?
The East Kilbride Enhancements Project is at the centre of the Scottish Government’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan and is designed to provide enough capacity to meet the needs of passengers 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. Read what we hope to achieve here.
What are the benefits of undertaking these works for passengers and railway neighbours?
Overall, for service users the project will deliver faster and more reliable trains that provide a railway capable of meeting passenger needs now and in the future.
For lineside neighbours, more sustainable, cleaner, quieter and energy efficient trains contribute to a better environment. Rail is also the lowest carbon mode of mass transport and so is an essential part of a future low carbon economy.
What is piling?
Before work can begin on electrifying the railway, we need to complete a vast amount of design and preparation work. Installing foundations to support overhead line equipment (OLE), which we call piling, is part of this preparatory work before we begin to erect trackside posts and overhead wires and involves driving piles deep into the ground.
What measures are we putting in place to reduce noise?
We work in conjunction with EHOs to take all appropriate steps to minimise disruption. However, unfortunately we cannot completely eliminate noise due to the nature of the work. Piling is undertaken at intervals of 50m to 60m and can take from 20 to 60 minutes to install each one. We undertake this work as part of a transient schedule and so once each pile is installed, we move further along the track. It is noisier than any work we’ve undertaken before for this project and although temporary, will likely cause our neighbours disruption. We apologise in advance of this.
Why is this work carried out at night?
For safety reasons, this work must be carried out while trains aren’t running and at times that cause the least disruption to train services, which is a requirement of our operating licence. Although passenger numbers are reduced at this time, services must run as normal to keep the railway open as a vital transport link for key workers and the movement of goods.
How deep will the foundations go, and what height will the masts be?
Depending on the topography of the ground and also the weight the foundation it is required to hold, the foundations can be between 3.5m to 7m. Each mast is from 6.5m to 7.5m in height and positioned 50m to 60m apart along the side of track.