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Work to restart on major railway projects in Scotland

THE £120 million scheme to rebuild Glasgow Queen Street is one of three major Scottish railway projects on which work is now set to restart, having been paused because of Covid-19.

Network Rail said its spending on renewals and improvements in Scotland had continued during the pandemic, amounting to an investment of more than £64 million.

The other major schemes which are also now set to get underway again are the new £14 million station at Kintore, which is part of the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project, and the completion of a £13 million development at Dunbar, where a second platform was completed at the end of last year. Work can now resume at Dunbar on cladding new lift towers and completing a car park extension.

Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director Kris Kinnear said: ‘The gradual easing of lockdown means we are now able to restart work on a number of non-essential construction projects that we put on hold during the peak of the pandemic.

We are now at a significant point where the easing of some restrictions, in line with Scottish Government guidance, is allowing us to restart these projects – albeit within a different working environment that will remain the “new normal” for the foreseeable future. We are encouraged by the first steps of work resuming and our focus remains the same as always – safeguarding our staff.’

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