UK’s Network Rail announces investment for Cadder rail yard upgrade


Network Rail has announced an investment of £33m to deliver a new train depot and staff accommodation facilities located within the current existing Cadder railway yard, between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie, in the UK.

This amount will be spent on construction of three new service platforms and night-time accommodation for six High Speed Trains (HSTs) and a new modular building that can accommodate up to 250 support staff working on Scotland’s Railway.

The platforms will be complemented by the installation of a cleaning facility and re-fuelling unit, which will enable night-time cleaning, servicing and maintenance for the HSTs that travel from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness.

Earlier this month, the first HST test train visited site and operational activities are expected to commence from the end of June 2021 with the full facility being in use by the end of this year.

Minister for Transport said: “This impressive new depot, funded by the Scottish Government, will service the requirements of the refurbished High Speed Train fleet that has transformed long-distance travel between Scotland’s seven cities.

“It offers real benefits including supporting over 200 existing jobs while also creating the potential for up to 25 new roles.

“I have also been impressed by the collaboration displayed between Network Rail, the Rail Systems Alliance, Scotland and the various contractors who have been working together to deliver this new facility.”

The office facility will accommodate staff of Rail Systems Alliance Scotland (RSAS), which is a partnership between Network Rail, Babcock and Arcadis.

The two-story building located within the yard will also provide accommodation for ScotRail HST Depot staff.

Babcock, which is the main contractor, is delivering the work alongside sub-contractors CK Contracts, CPMS, Story, Structural Fabrications, Airquick, Forte Engineering, Rail Electrical Services and CPR.


Network Rail is delivering a train depot and staff accommodation facilities within the existing Cadder railway yard in the UK. Credit: Network Rail.

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