Glasgow & West Scotland

Whifflet line to be electrified before 2014 Games

A key rail route to South Lanarkshire is to be electrified four years ahead of schedule in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Scottish government said the £29.6m deal would electrify the track which starts in Glasgow and passes through Rutherglen and Coatbridge.

Transport Minister Keith Brown made the announcement at Holyrood.

The line links Glasgow to Whifflet via Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie and Kirkwood.

Mr Brown said: "I was delighted to announce that the Scottish government has approved industry plans to bring forward the electrification of the Whifflet route in time for the games next summer, some four years ahead of schedule.

"Delivery of the deal...will allow greater flexibility in deploying trains to help meet passenger demand during the games, as well as free up rolling stock to run elsewhere on the network, including during the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September 2014."

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