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Electrification programme

The Government’s rolling programme of electrification forms part of a wider £5 billion investment package in Scotland’s railway infrastructure.

Under Construction

Of the 2,776 km of rail track in Scotland 25.3% (711 km) is electrified. 

The Scottish Government is committed to a substantial rolling programme of electrification that will bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits.

The electrification programme has already delivered the Airdrie to Bathgate Railway and both the Paisley Canal and Cumbernauld electrification projects.

Future electrification projects

Work completed during 2014 on the £80 million pound electrification of the Cumbernauld line, which was the first major electrification element of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).  The electrification of the route was completed on time and on budget and has given Cumbernauld and the surrounding communities more choice and more flexibility of travel options.

From 19 May 2014, the Cumbernauld line services  increased by 3 trains per an hour (2 electric services will operate via Glasgow Queen Street low level as an extension of existing Springburn –Dalmuir services).

Map of the electrification programme

Rutherglen & Coatbridge (Whifflet) Line

On 30 May 2013, Ministers announced the early electrification of the Rutherglen & Coatbridge (Whifflet) Line, which was scheduled to be delivered in 2018/19. The works were completed in September 2014.

The project was delivered through an Alliance Framework Agreement between Network Rail and First ScotRail and electrified 25.5 single track kilometres. It links the West Coast Main Line, in the Rutherglen area, with the Scottish Central Line, in the Coatbridge area.

Other projects

The electrification of the main Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk line is scheduled to be complete by July 2017.

The electrification of the Stirling/Alloa/Dunblane lines will represent the next logical step in the Government’s electrification programme.  Advance works, including work to structures on the lines, began in 2012/13. 

Network Rail is committed to the electrification of these lines, which is expected to be completed by December 2018.

Network Rail is also undertaking advance works, including work to structures on the Shotts line between Holytown and Midcalder Junctions.  This will enable the electrification of 75 single track kilometres (approximately 46 miles) by March 2019.

Timeline for the electrification programme

May 2014

Introduction of electric services on Cumbernauld route - Complete

Summer 2014

Electrification of the Whifflet Line - Complete

July 2017

Introduction of 7 car electric services on Edinburgh- Glasgow via Falkirk High route

December 2018

Electrification of Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane lines with journey time improvements for passengers travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow

March 2019

Electrification of 75 km of the Shotts Line between Holytown and Midcalder junctions

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