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August 27, 2010

Final tracks laid on new Scottish line

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NETWORK Rail (NR) has laid the final section of track on the new 24km line between Airdrie and Bathgate, the longest passenger line with new stations to be constructed in Britain in over a century.

Services are set to begin on the route in December with four trains an hour operating in each direction on the new link which is a section of the soon-to-be electrified line between West Lothian and West Lanarkshire. The new link includes three new stations at Calderdruix, Blackridge and Armadale, as well as two relocated stations in Drumgelloch and Bathgate.

scotland_tracks.jpgFunded by Transport for Scotland, the project cost £300 million to complete.

"In North Lanarkshire and West Lothian, this rail link will rejuvenate the area by encouraging investment and will also encourage even more people to travel by train between Edinburgh and Glasgow," says Mr Ron McAulay, Network Rail Scotland director. "The completion of track laying is a major milestone for us and keeps us firmly on track to begin driver training by mid October and to open for passengers by December 2010."

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