Winchburgh was a highly intensive project, forming a major link in the Scottish government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), which is delivering 150km of electrified railway. A blockade was necessary in order to lower the tracks and put in place an overhead electrification system through the tunnel, as well as installing a slab track system. Time was of the essence to minimise disruption to passengers on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route, which is why over 900 workers were contracted overall. Babcock, was the main contractor for the track work and Rhomberg Sersa for the slab work.
SGWR was delighted to be entrusted with the supply of high quality personnel for both track and slab work. The project was completed and the tunnel reopened in just 44 days, from 13th June to 27th July 2015. This was testament to the entire team’s hard work around the clock, with 53 individuals who worked five or more shifts being singled out for commendation by Network Rail. SWGR is proud to have supplied all 53 of the specially commended workers, whom Network Rail invited to an event to celebrate their achievement. The £742m Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme is being delivered by Network Rail to increase capacity, reduce journey times and produce a more pleasant, environmentally friendly rail experience by 2019.
The Main Stand expansion project remains on target for completion during the 2016/17 season, with the redeveloped stand set to comprise three tiers and the existing lower tier re-profiled to accommodate a widened player tunnel, new team benches, media platform and wheelchair viewing positions. SWGR had performed previous work for the client including the installation of a new bridge on the recently opened Borders Rail link.