A £12 million electrification project of the Paisley Canal line has been disturbed due to a substantial amount of cable being stolen by thieves according to Network Rail. It is expected that some journeys will be disrupted, Network Rail have stated that the first electric trains to use the line will be on schedule.
Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said;
‘This is disappointing. Paisley has benefited from this electrification project and the £9 million investment along the Gilmour Street line.
‘I have contacted Network Rail to confirm that the electrification will be completed on time despite this happening.
‘I use the Paisley Canal station every week to get to Parliament and I have been impressed with the revamp there and the installation of the accompanying electric lines for the trains. This is of benefit to everyone in Paisley, improving transport links not only for people going to work but also businesses who always need improved transport infrastructure.
‘I will be working with Network Rail to ensure that the full implementation of the line is completed on time.
A Network Rail spokesperson said;
‘Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to deliver the new infrastructure, but following the theft of a significant amount of cable from the line we have had no option but to slightly extend our engineering works.
“We remain confident that the project will be completed in time for the commencement of electric train services in December as planned.”
The temporary timetable put in place in September will now continue to apply until Monday, November 19.
This means there will be no services on Saturdays and early service closure Monday to Thursday.
A normal service timetable will operate on Friday, November 16.
ScotRail has arranged replacement bus services in both directions, calling at all stations, departing from Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal as timetabled.’