Carstairs remodelling: all services will benefit from the project
A major project to eliminate a speed and capacity bottleneck in Scotland will affect the entire rail network. Work to remodel the layout at Carstairs, where the busy West Coast Main Line diverges for Glasgow and Edinburgh, will remedy the speed restrictions, particularly for Edinburgh services, and go someway to reversing the folly of rationalising the junction in the 1980s when faster bypass lines were removed. The project also includes provision for freight loops, which will accommodate the longest trains on the network and help facilitate further freight ambitions, notably the nearby Ravenstruther bulk loads terminal.
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