This Month In Rail Construction News Issue 1.9 – Please click here to read
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In this month’s edition of Rail Construction News we uncover the Brenner Base Tunnel project; we detail the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP); and we take a look at the Borders Railway project.
Running through the Alps, the Brenner Base Tunnel is a horizontal railway line for the future. The Brenner Base Tunnel is the main element of the new Brenner railway from Munich to Verona. At 64 km, it is the longest underground railway connection in the world, a pioneering work of engineering which will markedly improve passenger travel and freight transport through the heart of Europe. Work is currently taking place on three construction sites, two in Austria and one in Italy and includes: Tulfes-Pfons; Wolf and the Isarco river underpass.
Meanwhile, The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, more commonly known as EGIP, is a comprehensive package of improvements to Scotland’s railway infrastructure. The £650 million scheme is a Scottish Government priority and is being delivered by Network Rail in a bid to modernise and upgrade key junctions and infrastructure, as well as widespread electrification of the Scottish rail network, including the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The key elements of the project include widespread line electrification, Queen Street station redevelopment, platform lengthening in various locations, as well as Edinburgh Waverley station improvements. Other aspects of the project include general signalling improvements, junction upgrades, creation of a new electric Millerhill Depot, NEW Edinburgh Gateway station and Haymarket station redevelopment. Upon completion, the project will see the laying of 150km of single track new electrified railway, the creation of one new station and a new electric depot, as well as numerous station renovations and platform extensions.
And finally, Now complete, the new Borders Railway route got off to a flying start after being officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen. The event – which took place on the 9th September 2015 – provided the perfect starting point for a number of other events which took place across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, to celebrate the prestigious occasion. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and 150 other guests joined Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh for an iconic steam train journey from Edinburgh, to mark the official opening of the route. The monumental occasion – which took place on the same day that Her Majesty The Queen became Britain’s longest serving monarch – was followed by the unveiling of a special plaque.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.