The work represents an investment of more than £5m in the infrastructure, which will help improve performance by enabling the ‘stabling’ of trains and to allow some trains to have more time between arrival and departure. To do this we will extend both platforms at the south side of the station from 141m to 205m in length. Work will also include the repositioning of signalling and overhead line equipment to accommodate the new platform lengths.
The platform work is not to operate longer trains to/from Milngavie station. This investment will help to better support the timetable and offer a more efficient and better performing service on the Glasgow North Electrics suburban line, which operates from Helensburgh and connects to the East Coast suburban network and the Argyle lines to Lanarkshire.
The station will remain open throughout and the vast majority of train services will operate as normal with minimal inconvenience for passengers. However, there will be some periods of continuous weekend working in the late autumn, when the line will be closed to deliver elements of the project that cannot be done safely and efficiently while trains are running.
Throughout the five-month programme, work will be undertaken most nights to ensure that services continue to operate during the day. Work will start with set-up our site compound from 6th July within the station car park, which will involve utilising 32 parking spaces for the duration of the project.
The work will be carried out in line with government advice on physical distancing, using additional protective equipment and adopting new ways of working that will help keep everyone safe.
The project is scheduled to be complete in time for the December 2020 timetable change. When undertaking work of this nature, Network Rail’s normal practice is to hold a community drop-in event to provide an opportunity to meet with the project team and to help answer any questions. In line with Government advice during the COVID- 19 pandemic, we are unable to hold public events at the moment. However, we are exploring other options that may still allow us to directly engage with local communities and stakeholders in the near future.
We are sharing information on this work through the media and social media, viatwitter – @NetworkRailSCOT. We are also issuing letters to the local community and information posters will be displayed within Milngavie station.