Disruption likely as Edinburgh-Glasgow rail tunnel work begins
Work on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line gets under way this weekend with passengers expected to face significant disruption.
The Winchburgh tunnel near Linlithgow in West Lothian will be closed for six weeks to allow upgrades to be carried out.
The work is part of a £750m project to enable faster, bigger and greener electric trains to run on the line.
Train operator ScotRail has a dedicated website to advice on the disruption.
It will mainly hit travel between Glasgow – or Stirling/Dunblane – and Edinburgh but it will also have a knock-on effect in areas such as the Fife Circle.
Many passengers will have longer journeys or bus replacements. ScotRail advised passengers to add at least 30 minutes to their planned journey times.
The closure will mean passengers looking to travel end-to-end from Glasgow to Edinburgh will no longer be able to take a train from Queen Street high level platforms, as the trains will only go as far as Linlithgow.
Instead, they will have to switch to the slower Queen Street low level trains or travel on the longer route from Glasgow Central Station.
Engineers said the tunnel closure was necessary so tracks could be lowered to create space for overhead power lines for the new trains, which will be introduced at the end of next year.
This is the latest phase of the Scottish government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).