Glasgow train line to close while £32m improvement work takes place

Glasgow’s Argyle line will close for eight weeks from mid-March while Network Rail enhancement work takes place.

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A Glasgow train line will shut for eight weeks while £32m improvement work takes place.

Glasgow’s Argyle line will close from March 13 to May 8 while Network Rail carry out enhancement work to “improve reliability for passengers”.

The £32m project will see engineers repair and replace tracks, tunnels, and bridges on the line through Glasgow’s city centre.

Work is also to be carried out on Anderston ticket station, with upgrades set for the booking office, concourse, and platform stairs.

The line will be closed between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre, and services will be diverted into Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street.

A replacement bus service will be in operation from Carmyle, Newton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Glasgow Central, Exhibition Centre, and Partick.

Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineering and asset management, said: “This major investment in our railway infrastructure is designed to keep the line operating reliably for our customers.

“While we appreciate that some journeys will be impacted during the line closure, our work will mean that disruption and delays will be less likely in the future. And at Anderston, starting work on a new lift will make the station more easily accessible in the future.

“Such a large programme of engineering work cannot be completed without closing the line, but our teams will be working hard to finish this project as quickly as possible.

“We’re urging passengers to plan ahead when travelling during our works, whether they’re commuting to or from work, travelling to watch football or attending an event at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

“We’d like to thank all passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work.”

David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, added: “The enhancements to the track and tunnels will improve punctuality and reliability on the route for years to come.

“Journeys will be impacted during the line closure, but once this essential work is carried out, disruption and delays will be less likely in the future.

“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a modern, reliable, efficient, green and clean rail network as we move forward.”

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