New platforms is a step-up for Livingston South station redevelopment.(Network Rail)

New platforms is a step-up for Livingston South station redevelopment

Livingston South Station.(Network Rail Image)

The Edinburgh – Glasgow Central via Shotts line has re-opened to passengers following a 10 day closure to enable part of a £3.5m redevelopment of Livingston South station.

Since the start of the blockade on March 29, Network Rail engineers worked around the clock to demolish then rebuild both platforms at the station wider and longer to ensure they are compliant for an electrified railway and long enough for the new six carriage trans that will be introduced on the route.

As well as the work to the platforms, access ramps were re-graded and improvements to lighting, CCTV, customer information systems, ticket machines and validators and waiting shelters were all delivered at the West Lothian station during the line closure.

With the station open and passenger services reintroduced on the line between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central via Shotts, work on the project is ongoing to complete the platforms, construct the lift towers and upgrade the staircases accessing the station.

The closure of the Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts line was carefully planned for the school holiday period in order to minimise inconvenience, as passenger numbers are lower and some may be able to be more flexible with their travel plans at this time.

The work is a key part of the Scottish Government funded investment to upgrade and electrify the line to improve reliability and enable the introduction of electric trains on the route by March 2019.

Brian Mallon, Network Rail project manager for the Shotts Line electrification project said:

“While we acknowledge that closing the line is never a popular choice with passengers, the volume of work and the efficiency with which it was delivered during the 10 day blockade, demonstrates that it was the best way to reduce disruption overall for passengers as we redeveloped the station. 

“The staff and contractors on the ground did fantastically well in difficult and challenging weather conditions to get the job done.  Though the weather made underfoot conditions treacherous at times; bringing some activities to a halt and slowing others, full credit to the team as they just got the snow cleared and got straight back to the job in order to get the station operational in time for the reintroduction of service.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the local community and thank them for their patience as we deliver this massive investment to upgrade the railway.  We hope that they enjoy the benefits of the redeveloped station for many years to come”

The full redevelopment of Livingston South will be complete by September 2018.

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