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Embarking on a New Electrified Era at East Kilbride

Network Rail has named AmcoGiffen as one of the contractors selected to deliver the East Kilbride Enhancement Project.

The work will provide 22.4 single-track kilometres of electrified railway as part of the Scottish Government’s wider plans to decarbonise passenger services across Scotland’s Railway.

Alongside our sister company QTS we will deliver:

  • Relocation of Hairmyres Station
  • Upgrading and accessibility work at East Kilbride station
  • Accessibility work at Giffnock station       
  • Parapet modifications
  • Earthworks to the New dynamic loop (QTS)

Other work taking place includes electrification of the route between East Kilbride and Barrhead and a 1.4-kilometre extension of the existing loop at Hairmyres.

Mobilisation and enabling work will start at Hairmyres in January 2024. We will be relocating the station 600 metres west and constructing a fully accessible, two-platform station that will include a footbridge with lifts. 

South Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport will construct a large park-and-ride and bus interchange facility adjoining the new station. The new station will be able to accommodate up to 7-car rolling stock and will include concourse areas with passenger seating, and accessible passenger and staff welfare facilities.

At East Kilbride station we’re building a new fully accessible station with an extension to the existing platform. The new station will include enhanced passenger facilities, improved connectivity to local infrastructure, a new booking office and waiting area, accessible passenger and staff welfare facilities and a small retail unit.

At Giffnock station, we’re removing the existing footbridge, constructing a new accessible footbridge and lifts, optimising the station entrance, and enhancing the platform lighting. We’re also modifying the parapet for the electrification works.

Our work is due to be completed in the summer of 2025 and the electrified services will be introduced in December 2025 offering improved reliability and flexibility of service on the route.

Gerry McQuade, Capital Delivery Director for Network Rail, said: The awarding of these contracts is a significant milestone for the East Kilbride Enhancement Project and signals the start of the main delivery phase. 

“Over the coming weeks, communities will start to see increased activity along the route as the main construction works begin. 

“We will work closely with contractors, train operators and other stakeholders to deliver these enhancements in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible, while minimising disruption for both lineside communities and passengers.

Bill Reeve, Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail said: These contract awards demonstrate real progress on the East Kilbride Enhancement Project following the recent announcement, by the Minister for Transport, of full funding for the project.

 Communities along the route will be able to see at first-hand construction get underway in earnest as we move forward with this key Scottish Government investment in rail decarbonisation.

David Kelly, Senior Contracts Manager, AmcoGiffen, said: We’re thrilled to play a pivotal role in this transformative rail electrification project on behalf of Scotland’s Railway alongside strategic delivery partners and our supply chain. We’re constructing and extending two new key rail stations and enhancing access for all, along the route.

Our commitment extends beyond construction, and we look forward to building collaborative and active community engagement, supporting the local area and businesses and leaving a better greener railway, fit for the future and benefitting the travelling public.

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