Fife Circle Line: work begins to pave way for track electrification


The Scottish Government’s £55million investment in the line between Haymarket and Dalmeny will see the railway transformed to accommodate quieter and more environmentally friendly electric trains.

The first phase of work between Haymarket and Dalmeny will see Network Rail stack the foundations for the masts which will carry overhead cables to the Forth Bridge. A total of 25 single track kilometers (STK) of railway will be electrified by December 2024.

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Network Rail’s Jenny Gilruth and Laura Mayne announce electrification of Fife lines

Later phases of work will see the ‘partial’ electrification of lines in Fife.

Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Transport for the Scottish Government, said: “It is great news that the first phase of the Fife electrification project is underway, as it will make a significant difference to passenger and freight services. in the future.

“The delivery of the Fife Electrification Project will support the introduction of new rolling stock through the partial electrification of the route.”

Electrification masts

Alex Hynes, chief executive of Scotland’s Railway, said: “The government has set an ambitious target to decarbonise our railway and projects such as the electrification of Fife Circle – starting with the line from Fife to Edinburgh , will be key to delivering on this commitment.He added: “We look forward to making further investment in Scottish Railway and to significantly improving the quality of service to the communities it serves.

“This is one of many projects that will create an even greener, cleaner and more reliable railway for Scotland.”


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