Rutherglen commuters face two months of rail disruption as line set to close


Rutherglen locals are facing up to two months of rail disruption with their train line into Glasgow being shut down for improvement works.

The Argyle line is to close from Rutherglen though to the Exhibition Center starting on March 13 and running through until May 8.

That means there will be no rail services from the Royal Burgh’s station into Glasgow Central or Argyle Street.

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The closure is to allow a £32m program of work to take place on the line, but it will also cause severe disruption for residents.

ScotRail are now urging customers to plan ahead so they are not taken by surprise during the two month closure.

Several other stations throughout the Lanarkshire area will also be affected and re-routed to either Glasgow Central High Level or Glasgow Queen Street, with delays to services expected as a result.

During the closure, engineers will complete a series of projects to repair and replace tracks, tunnels and bridges on the line through Glasgow city centre.

Work to modernize Anderston station and install a new lift shaft will also begin, with upgrades to the booking office, concourse and platform stairs taking place.

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Replacement bus services will be running from Carmyle, Newton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Glasgow Central, Exhibition Centre, and Partick.

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. future.

“Such a large program 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 traveling during our works, whether they’re commuting to or from work, traveling to watch football or attending an event at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

“We’d like to thank all passengers and lineside neighbors 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.”

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Rail replacement services at affected stations will run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

Services from Lanark, Shotts and Motherwell to Cumbernauld will operate as normal with half the normal service levels at other stations on the Argyle line outside of the closure zone.

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