£7m improvement project completed on West Highland Line

A stretch of the completed works on the West Highland Line. Photograph: Network Rail. NO F14 WHL works completion 2
A stretch of the completed works on the West Highland Line. Photograph: Network Rail. NO F14 WHL works completion 2

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Network Rail engineers have completed a £7m project to improve the West Highland Line for passengers.

The organisation’s engineering teams worked round-the-clock for nine days to replace more than 3.5km of track at locations between Upper Tyndrum and Spean Bridge.

Engineers also carried out work to improve drainage and track over the Nevis Viaduct which supports the implementation of a new track design.

While the work was taking place, staff were transported to the remote work sites by rail from Bridge of Orchy which helped ensure the project was finished on schedule.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: ‘This investment programme is vital for the future of Scotland’s railway.

‘The work we have completed helps to provide a more modern railway and will help to improve reliability on the West Highland Line – which is visited by many thanks to its iconic scenery.

‘We understand customers may have experienced some inconvenience while the work was carried out.

‘But such a significant investment could not be delivered without temporary disruption and every effort was made to reduce the impact of our activities as much as possible.

‘I thank all passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we completed this essential work.’

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A stretch of the completed works on the West Highland Line. Photograph: Network Rail.

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