Glasgow’s Argyle line will be closed between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre for eight weeks from March 13 to May 8 while Network Rail delivers a £32m programme of work to improve reliability for passengers.
During the closure, a series of projects will repair and replace tracks, tunnels and bridges on the line through Glasgow city centre.
At Anderston, work to modernise the station will begin, as well as installation of a new lift shaft, and upgrades to the booking office, concourse, and platform stairs.
Many services that would normally operate via Glasgow Central Low Level, will be diverted to Glasgow Central High Level or Glasgow Queen Street Low Level. Throughout the closure, revised services will operate on all routes, which may result in extended journey times on services taking a diverted route.
During the works, replacement bus services will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays from Carmyle, Newton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Glasgow Central, Exhibition Centre, and Partick.
Details of service changes during the closure can be found at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/anderston-tunnel-closure.
Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineering and asset management, said “This major investment in our railway infrastructure is designed to keep the line operating reliably for our customers.
“While we appreciate that some journeys will be impacted during the line closure, our work will mean that disruption and delays will be less likely in the future. And at Anderston, starting work on a new lift will make the station more easily accessible in the future.
“Such a large programme of engineering work cannot be completed without closing the line, but our teams will be working hard to finish this project as quickly as possible.
“We’re urging passengers to plan ahead when travelling during our works, whether they’re commuting to or from work, travelling to watch football or attending an event at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).
“We’d like to thank all passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work.”
David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “The enhancements to the track and tunnels will improve punctuality and reliability on the route for years to come.
“Journeys will be impacted during the line closure, but once this essential work is carried out, disruption and delays will be less likely in the future.
“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a modern, reliable, efficient, green and clean rail network as we move forward.”