George Hits Out at Thieves

George AdamA £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.’

Paisley Canal Electrification

George at Paisley Canal On Wednesday 12th September, members of the project team deliverling the electrification of the Paisley Canal Line, the joint project of Network Rail and ScotRail, will be on hand to answer any questions about work to deliver the electrification of the Paisley Canal Line. You can meet them between 5pm and 8pm at Stow Brae Kirk Church Hall, 82 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1YP.

Changes to train services

Work will start to electrify the Paisley Canal line on Saturday 29th September. On Saturdays 29th to 3rd Novemeber, no services will operate. From Monday 1st October (Monday to Thursday) the last train from Paisley Canal to Glasgow Central will be at 20:00. The final service from Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal will be at 19:38. Additionally, from Saturday 13th October – Saturday 20th October inclusive no services will operate. ScotRail is currently finalising alternative transport options. Further information is available at .


Major Investment for Paisley

George boarding one of the old diesel trains which are to be replacedGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the £12m joint investment from ScotRail and Network Rail to electrify the 8km rail line between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal. The investment will see this stretch of line being the first to benefit from this new ‘alliance’ between both organisations.

Commenting on the announcement, George said:

“This is great news from the people of Paisley, like me, who use this line on a regular basis. You will normally catch me at Hawkhead Station at 6am on Wednesday and Thursday mornings on my way to parliament. As you will know, the current line has old diesel run trains traveling up and down it numerous times a day. This investment will mean that modern, electric trains will be traveling the line. These trains are much more comfortable and reliable, while they are much friendlier to our environment.

“On the back of the massive modernisation which has just been completed at Paisley Gilmour Street, this news further underlines the commitment from everyone involved in rail travel to modernise and improve our rail lines and services. I would like to congratulate ScotRail and Network Rail on this investment, to be completed by December, and eagerly wait traveling on these new comfortable trains on my way to parliament on cold winter mornings.”George at Paisley Canal Station