Network Rail invest over £120m to boost Scotland’s Railway electrification
Posted: 1 July 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Network Rail will invest more than £120 million of Scottish Government funding in the next three years to boost Scotland’s Railway electrification.
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Network Rail have announced it will invest more than £120 million of Scottish Government funding in the next three years to boost the electricity power supply into Scotland’s railway network. The investment will see six new feeder stations at strategic locations across the network and a further nine sites upgraded to increase the resilience and reliability of the infrastructure for the operation of electrically powered passenger and freight traffic.
As well as increasing the resilience of the existing network, the new connections to the national grid via the feeder stations will increase the overall capability of the 25kV electrified network. This will accommodate future passenger and freight growth and reduce the railway’s carbon footprint by supporting the removal of diesel passenger trains from the network.
This is all part of efforts to make Scotland’s Railway greener in line with the Scottish Government’s commitment to decarbonise the passenger rail network by 2035. A contract to deliver the initial phase of work has been awarded to SPL Powerlines.
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“Upgrading the power supply network will enable the introduction of electric trains on services to East Kilbride and Barrhead, on the Borders line and across Fife but will also support increased traffic on existing routes such as the East Coast Mainline,” Jenny Gilruth, Transport Minister for the Scottish Government, said. “We want a rail infrastructure for Scotland that helps to cut emissions, to provide sustainable travel options for people and for freight, and which provides fair work and highly skilled employment opportunities.”
“Investing in the power supply infrastructure will not only make the current electric network more resilient, it also delivers the significant growth in capacity needed as we continue to electrify our railway,” Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, said. “Introducing quieter, quicker and greener electric trains on more routes across the country will enable both passengers and lineside communities to experience all the benefits that electrification of the rail network brings.”
“We’re delighted to be awarded this phase one contract and to be working on the fully integrated delivery of Scotland’s Railway’s traction power requirements alongside Network Rail,” Lee Pounder, Regional Director for SPL, said.