East Kilbride rail electrification

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The electrification of the East Kilbride to Glasgow Central line is part of the Scottish Government’s plans to decarbonise Scotland’s rail passenger services by 2035.

The ultimate goal is to run four trains per hour during peak times (07.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00), with longer, quieter and greener trains providing a punctual and reliable service that will continue to make rail travel an attractive choice for passengers and reduce car usage to and from Glasgow. 

Flexible options for a phased delivery

Options for the development cover the following infrastructure enhancements, delivery of which can be phased flexibly:

  • Enhanced passenger facilities at East Kilbride station including a new building and improved circulation space
  • Greater collaboration with local authorities on development of active travel and enhanced park and ride options at stations on the route
  • More double tracking at the single-line section between East Kilbride and Busby station
  • Progress plans to relocate Hairmyres station to a new location approximately 600m to the west to provide better access to the rail network
  • Electrification between East Kilbride and Glasgow Central - including the Larkfield Curve - to reduce diesel emissions
  • Platform extensions to accommodate longer trains
  • Assessment of  infrastructure requirements for battery-powered hybrid trains as an interim phase to full electrification  which will improve performance, reliability and produce less emissions than other forms of transport such as the private car.

Future improvements

To read about more planned rail improvements, visit the Scotland’s Railway website.