Various Network Rail projects in Scotland, paused by the Coronavirus lockdown, are now resuming.
At Glasgow Queen Street station, work will resume this week on the £120m reconstruction of the station.
In addition work on the new £14m station at Kintore will resume along with the £13m redevelopment at Dunbar station.
Network Rail will be undertaking risk assessments to ensure the relevant guidelines and protective equipment is used during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “Efforts across Scotland’s Railway, from frontline staff running day to day services to those in planning and maintenance roles behind the scenes, have played a fundamental part in ensuring key workers are able to get to where they are needed during this pandemic.
“While many non-essential projects were rightfully paused, our continued investment in maintaining vital rail infrastructure has given reassurance at a difficult time.
“As we now make the transition through the Routemap to Recovery, it is important we step up work where we can. This will enable us safely to resume key projects such as the new Kintore station and Queen Street station improvements, bringing investment at a time when the supply chain and its workers need it most.
“I look forward to seeing these significant projects make progress because their completion will bring benefits to passengers, workers and the economy alike.”
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said “The rail industry has been working throughout the COVID-19 lockdown to keep key workers and freight services on the move.
“We have also been investing heavily in Scotland’s railway infrastructure throughout this time – keeping vital economic activity going in our supply chain across the country.
“The gradual easing of lockdown means we are now able to restart work on a number of non-essential construction projects that we put on hold during the peak of the pandemic.
“We are now at a significant point where the easing of some restrictions, in line with Scottish Government guidance, is allowing us to restart these projects – albeit within a different working environment that will remain the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future.
“We are encouraged by the first steps of work resuming and our focus remains the same as always – safeguarding our staff first and foremost, as they deliver projects that further enhance Scotland’s Railway and the communities it serves.”
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