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2004-03-05 NET-001
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West Coast works gather pace in Scotland

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West Coast works gather pace in Scotland

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5 March 2004
source Network Rail
type Press release

note PR55

Network Rail is helping to ‘bridge’ the engineering gap on the Scottish section of the West Coast Main Line, with a £25 million package of works over the next two months.

The works, which will be instrumental in providing a safer, faster and more reliable railway for the future, started on Valentine’s day and include the replacement of five bridges at Lockerbie, two at Wamphrey, Symington and Carstairs, with engineers working around the clock over the next three weekends to complete these projects.

As well as the work to replace the bridges, Network Rail will also take the opportunity to carry out extensive track and overhead line works. These include:

o 6,850 yards of plain line track renewals
o 1,300 yards track drainage
o 22 units of switch and crossing renewals (points work)
o Signalling installation works
o Overhead electrification works
o Replacement of a culvert at Lockerbie Station

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Commented Hugh Wark, Area Director: “We have already invested £103 million on improvement works on the Scottish section of the West Coast Main Line and this is further evidence of our commitment to the route north of the border. This latest package of works is in
itself a huge task and our engineering team will be working flat out to ensure that the work is completed on time, with minimum disruption to the travelling public.”

These works will also be followed by a two week closure of the track at Motherwell Junction from Sunday 4 April until Sunday 18 April 2004, when engineers will completely renew the main junction at this location (this includes 10 of the 22 points mentioned above and also other track and overhead line works). During this period, mainline trains will be diverted via Bells Hill and Holytown Junction (to the East/North East of Motherwell) with minimal disruption, whilst local stopping services will run to an amended timetable.

Over the next twelve months further work is planned and will include:
o 68,000yds of track renewals
o Further 22 point end renewals and heavy maintenance at 33 junction layouts
o Signalling system upgrade for higher speeds and various condition/compliance works
o Overhead line equipment upgrade work
o A complete renewal of the telecommunications systems between Carstairs and Carlisle.
o Some 100 structures or earthworks subject to condition repair or renewal.

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Rail Midlands has today officially unveiled the new state of the art Rail Traffic Control Centre at Saltley, Birmingham, which will form the hub of West Midlands and West Coast train signalling and operations – allowing for greater flexibility and further efficiencies in service delivery and safety.

The building, is already home to Network Rail’s Midl [[words missing from originating document]]

Notes for editors:
By September 2004, the West Coast Main Line will be open to 125mph running, providing a safer, faster and more reliable railway, open to both passenger and freight traffic.

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