railNetwork Rail announced last week that the joint venture Carillion Powerlines Ltd. will be established. received another contract for electrification of the Shotts Line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction.
The £ 11.6m contract is part of the £ 160m Scottish Government investment in the rail link between the two largest Scottish cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, which will be electrified until March 2019. It includes refurbishment and refurbishment work at nine stations on the line. At two stations – Livingston South and Breich – the platforms will be completely rebuilt, while in Carfin, Shotts and West Calder the platforms will be extended to allow the introduction of longer trains on the line. Platform reconstructions and improvements to lighting, CCTV and customer information systems are being implemented in all nine stations. Work on the stations is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018.
Upon completion of the electrification of the Shotts Line, the rail link will provide improved reliability and passenger capacity. On the track, the new Hitachi Class 385 is used.
Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf:
“The Scottish Government’s funding of Scottish Government’s Shotts Line electrification and our £ 5bn total investment in our railway infrastructure demonstrates our continued commitment to improving the Scottish rail network, and this project is helping to improve it Railway Services in the Central Belt and is part of the wider investment package for
Improvement of rail traffic between Scotland’s two largest cities. For passengers, that means shorter travel times, higher capacity and greater reliability. ”
Iain McFarlane, Route Delivery, Network Rail Manager, said: “This agreement represents another step forward in the Shotts electrification project and underscores our commitment to invest and improve our infrastructure as part of our UK-wide modernization plan.” The electrification of the line between North Lanarkshire and West Lothian, combined with train station modernization, will transform the travel experience for rail travelers, who will benefit from the benefits of improved services for many years, and will work closely with contractors, railway operators and other stakeholders throughout the project.to work in the most efficient and cost-effective way, while minimizing disruption and disruption to the communities along the route and to the passengers. ”
The Powerlines Group is an international group active in the RAIL, PRODUCTS and ENERGY business units.
In the RAIL division, Powerlines acts as a system provider for rail electrification and offers international customers the complete range of services from consulting, engineering and planning through to products, assembly and installation as well as the maintenance and repair of rail infrastructure systems from a reliable source. In the PRODUCTS division, Powerlines develops and distributes innovative components and complete systems for railway electrification. In the ENERGY division, Powerlines plans, builds and maintains power lines for utilities.
The group is one of the market leaders in the German-speaking countries, the UK and Scandinavia.