Ed­in­burgh-Glas­gow via Falkirk High route is en­er­gised ahead of first elec­tric pas­sen­ger trains in De­cem­ber.

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

ELEC­TRI­FI­CA­TION on the Ed­in­burgh-Glas­gow via Falkirk High route was en­er­gised on Septem­ber 2, ahead of the first elec­tric trains run­ning in pas­sen­ger ser­vice this De­cem­ber.

The 46-mile route is the first of four phases of the Ed­in­burgh-Glas­gow Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme (EGIP) to be en­er­gised. How­ever, the electrics will en­ter traf­fic a year later than planned.

ScotRail spokesman An­gus Dun­can told RAIL the plan was for Class 380s to be­gin test­ing on the route from Oc­to­ber, once the safety test­ing process that started on Septem­ber 2 was com­plete, with the Hi­tachi Rail Europe-built Class 385s then en­ter­ing traf­fic from De­cem­ber.

“We’re build­ing the best rail­way Scot­land’s ever had, and the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the route be­tween Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow is a key part of that. The new Class 385s will mean faster jour­neys, more seats and bet­ter ser­vices for our cus­tomers,” he added.

It’s planned that jour­ney times of 48 min­utes will re­main this year, but be cut to 42 min­utes next year. ScotRail Al­liance Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Alex Hynes told RAIL in early July that the route is de­signed to be the flag­ship in Scot­land.

De­lays to the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion have been caused by the need to re­work var­i­ous de­signs to the over­head line equip­ment through some sta­tions and un­der some bridges, to fur­ther en­hance clear­ances in line with cur­rent Euro­pean stan­dards.

When this was con­firmed in Septem­ber 2016, Net­work Rail said in­dus­try guid­ance on th­ese stan­dards were is­sued af­ter work on the de­liv­ery of the route clear­ance had be­gun in 2012. Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and re­mod­elling of Glas­gow Queen Street was com­pleted in sum­mer 2016.

The other three phases of the EGIP work to be com­pleted are to Stir­ling, then on to Al­loa and Dun­blane, and then fi­nally the Ed­in­burgh-Glas­gow via Shotts route. When the lat­ter is com­pleted, it will mean all four routes be­tween Scot­land’s two ma­jor cities are elec­tri­fied.

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