Shotts line £160m wiring work completed on time

THE £160million project to electrify a fifth route between Edinburgh and Glasgow has been completed on time and on budget. 

The electrification project has been undertaken to cater for projected growth in passenger numbers from towns such as Livingston and West Calder into Edinburgh in the east and from Cleland and Shotts into Glasgow in the west. 

The £160million electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts route is now complete and electric services are due to start in May. The project included the complete rebuild of Breich station, which was previously earmarked for closure. NETWORK RAIL

New Class 385 EMUs are expected to replace the current DMUs from the May timetable change. 

Read more in the May 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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