The work is in connection with the East Kilbride enhancement project, which is an £139.8m electrification project that forms part of the Scottish Government's investment to decarbonise passenger services. The East Kilbride enhancement project follows the recent electrification of the Glasgow to Barrhead line when electric Class 380 trains will be introduced to that route from next Monday, 11 December.
To allow electrification of the lines, two bridges must be raised and re-decked to create the necessary space underneath them for the railway's overhead powerlines and one disused bridge will be demolished.
A bridge at Thornton Road will be completely replaced, with work starting next Monday, 11 December and lasting until 9 April 2024. During this time the bridge will be closed to traffic with a diversionary route in place.
Also starting next Monday, 11 December is work on a footbridge near to Hairmyres station and the nearby Eaglesham Court, which will require a diversion of the footpath until 21 February 2024.
The third bridge affected is near Thornton Farm, but that has not been for a number of years and will be demolished.
Important parts of the work will take place during the Christmas and New Year holiday period when there will also be 29-hour periods of continuous working:
- Work to remove and replace Thornton Road bridge and the footbridge at Eaglesham Court will take place from 22:00 on 24 December until 07:00 on 26 December, with all work being completed before the resumption of train services on the morning of 26 December. However, passengers intending to travel on 26 December are advised to check www.scotrail.co.uk for up-to-date service information.
- Demolition of the bridge near Thornton Farm will take place from 22:00 on 31 December until 07:00 on 02 January.
Further information about the works can be obtained through Network Rail's 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41, whilst progress updates will be posted on Twitter @NetworkRailScot or at www.scotlandsrailway.com.
Gerry McQuade, Network Rail capital delivery director, said “The bridge works are the starting point for our two-year programme to deliver the East Kilbride enhancement project.
“After several months of planning, along with our contractor Story, the team's excited to be on the ground as the bridge works get underway.
“The three bridges are the first of several structures we'll be replacing or modifying along the line of route. This will allow the installation of the new overhead equipment that will power a greener and more reliable railway for our passengers and lineside neighbours.
“Given the scale of the engineering being delivered over the Christmas and New Year period and the road closure and footpath diversion in place, we fully appreciate the patience and support of the community during this time.”