£32m Argyle Line improvement work to start on Sunday

Last updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2023

ScotRail is reminding customers to plan ahead as the Argyle Line between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre stations will be closed for eight weeks from Sunday, 13 March until 8 May.

This is to allow Network Rail to carry out £32m of improvements, repairing and replacing tracks, tunnels, and bridges on the line through Glasgow city centre.

It’s all designed to improve punctuality and reliability on the route for years to come.

Work to modernise Anderston station and install a new lift shaft will also begin, with upgrades to the booking office, concourse, and platform stairs taking place during and beyond the line closure.

Many services, which would normally operate via Glasgow Central Low Level, will be diverted into Glasgow Central High Level or Glasgow Queen Street Low Level. Revised services will operate on all routes during the closure, and journey times may be extended on some services to allow for trains taking a diverted route.

During the works, replacement bus services will be running from Carmyle, Newton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Glasgow Central, Exhibition Centre, and Partick.

First Glasgow are providing extra capacity on their services between the city centre, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, and Rutherglen.

Phil Campbell, Head of Customer Operations, said:

“These essential enhancements will improve punctuality and reliability on the route for years to come and disruption and delays will be less likely in the future.

“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a modern, reliable, and green rail network as we move forward.”

Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland Director of Engineering and Asset Management, said:

“This major investment in our railway infrastructure is designed to keep the line operating reliably for our customers.

“Such a large programme of engineering work cannot be completed without closing the line, but our teams will be working hard to finish this project as quickly as possible.

“We’d like to thank all passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work.”

Rail replacement services at affected stations will run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

Services from Lanark, Shotts, and Motherwell to Cumbernauld will operate as normal with half the normal service levels at other stations on the Argyle line outside of the closure zone.

To plan your journey during the closure of the line visit: ScotRail | Argyle Line Closure