ScotRail posts video showing progress to repair Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line

Work continues to be carried out to repair railway line damaged in last month’s thunderstorms when Union Canal breached its banks.

By Gary Flockhart
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 9:06 am

ScotRail has shared a short video on social media showing the progress being made to repair the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk railway line near Polmont.

In the early hours of Wednesday August 12, the Union Canal burst its banks after thunderstorms hit the country, causing major damage to the railway line.

A 30 metre breach was reported in the Linlithgow area where part of the embankment was washed away in the storm.

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Tracks were flooded and overhead power lines damaged, leading to weeks of rail disruption.

In its latest update, ScotRail has said that its infrastructure colleagues are working 24/7 to rebuild the railway line, and shared a short video on Twitter to show the work being carried out.

The captioned video states that ScotRail has already replaced 3,750 sleepers and 15,000 clips to hold down 4,500 metres of new rail.

It adds that its teams have replaced 15,000 tonnes of stone that holds the track in place.

There has been weeks of disruption on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk railway line.

'We've reprofiled 650 metres of embankment, removing 6,000 tonnes of earth and stone', it continues.

'There's 3,000 metres of new signalling cable in place, with one signal and six cabinets refurbished.

'In just one eight hour shift, we laid over 1,400 metres of fibre optic cable.

'Our team is working hard to complete the repairs to track and lineside infrastructure as quickly and safely as possible'.

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