Posted 2nd February 2024 | No Comments

Key Scottish main line reopens after four day closure

Train services on a main line in the Scottish central belt have returned to normal today, after work to prevent rocks falling on the track.

The £1 million project was carried out by Network Rail at Ratho, but while it was under way services from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street, Bathgate, Stirling and Inverness had all been disrupted.

Network Rail and its contractor QTS finished work last night in time for the start of services this morning.

The four-day project involved removing more than 200 tonnes of rock and soil from the rock face, which is 100 metres long and and 10 metres high.

Engineers have installed specialist netting and over 160 three-metre metal rock anchors above the railway to reduce the likelihood of stones falling during freezing weather.

Scotland’s Railway route director Liam Sumpter said: ‘Our engineers have worked non-stop since Sunday night, removing tonnes of rock and installing new netting to help secure the area.

‘This project could not have been delivered without a short closure of the line, and we’ve completed it as quickly as possible to get our customers back on the move.

’I want to thank our engineers for their hard work and our passengers for their patience.’