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Line Closure Glasgow to Kilmarnock – June 24th – August 4th

Barrhead to Glasgow Electrification Project – Line Closure Glasgow to Kilmarnock

                As part of the Barrhead to Glasgow electrification project, Network Rail is delivering a programme of extensive engineering works towards the end of next month for six weeks.

                From Saturday, 24 June work will intensify to allow engineers to install new overhead power cables and associated equipment at four key stations – Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley, Nitshill and Barrhead, as well as carry out platform ducting work, parapet modifications, track renewals and signalling installation.

                This means the rail line between Kennishead and Kilmarnock will be closed, with no train services running during this time.


                The work forms part of the Scottish Government’s wider investment to decarbonise the railway to passenger services. The current phase of work follows on from the electrification of the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line via Falkirk High, the Stirling to Dunblane and Alloa line and the Shotts to Edinburgh line to enable, longer and greener electric trains on to the network that both enhance the passenger experience and encourage the modal shift from road to rail.


                To help minimise disruption for passengers, replacement bus services will operate between Kilmarnock and Glasgow during the six weeks.

                In addition to a replacement bus service operating between Glasgow and Kilmarnock, there will also be reduced services to/from Glasgow to Crossmyloof and Pollokshaws West stations and trains between Carlisle, Dumfries, and Glasgow will terminate at Kilmarnock for a connecting replacement bus service.

                We are advising passengers to check before they travel via <>  and <> . We are also sharing information on this work via twitter @NetworkRailSCOT <> .


                The line closure will begin on Saturday, 24 June with normal service resuming on the morning of Friday, 4 August. Engineers will be working 24/7 over this six-week period.

                We will continue to keep you updated throughout the works in the meantime.