Breich railway station redevelopment completed

Breich railway station
Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has announced that Breich station has re-opened to passenger trains following its 12-week closure to enable a £2.4m redevelopment.

The station is benefitting from the investment to make sure that the platform lengths are compliant with an electrified railway line.

Both platforms have been reconstructed and a ramped footpath to the Edinburgh bound platform.

There is also improvements to the lighting, CCTV, customer information systems, ticket machines and validators and waiting shelters.

The work is part of a £160m Scottish government-funded investment to upgrade and electrify the line.

The full redevelopment of Breich station will be complete by October 2018.

What did the officials say?

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

“We know that closing stations is never a popular choice for passengers but in this case , it was the most efficient way to deliver the work while trains continued to operate on the line and carry passengers to and from nearby stations.

“Redeveloping Breich station is part of a wider programme of station upgrades on the route being delivered during the electrification project to enable the new faster longer electric trains

“It is important that we have stations that are safe and compliant in the newly electrified railway environment but also that provide a better overall experience for passengers using the railway.

“We appreciate the cooperation of station users and the local community and thank them for their patience as we deliver this investment to upgrade the station.”

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I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.
  • Now Network Rail can continue with electrifying the Shotts Line that is to be electrified and will see the Class 385 EMU trains operating between Glasgow Queen St and Edinburgh Waverley from next year once the OHL has been completed and is live with 25kv AC. Good work by Network Rail & ScotRail.