Work on Edinburgh’s main railway line will begin as bus services are in place for the weekend


Work begins this weekend on a major Edinburgh rail line, meaning some services have been replaced by bus journeys.

The £4million project to renew the junction on the line between Edinburgh and Dundee will run over the two remaining weekends in February, with the nature of the work requiring the line to be closed.

Network Rail is behind the project, with the junction near Leuchars station undergoing a major upgrade where engineers will be working around the clock to renew switches and replace parts of the track.

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Over the weekend of Saturday 19, Sunday 20 February and Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February, replacement bus services will operate between Edinburgh and Dundee/Aberdeen.

Leuchars is the nearest station to St Andrew’s and the junction in question is vital in connecting train passengers between Edinburgh and Dundee and Aberdeen.

Network Rail says the work will help improve track reliability and mean the junction won’t need renewal for decades.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail’s route director for Scotland, said: “The work we are carrying out is part of a five-year, £4billion investment in our railway.

“We understand the inconvenience this work will cause for some passengers, but the renewal of such a complex element of our railway cannot be done without a short-term closure of the line.

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“Our engineers have carefully planned this project to complete it as quickly as possible and we are working hard alongside our rail operators to keep passengers informed of service changes during this important rail investment.”

Edinburgh passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling, with more information on the relevant services available on the Network Rail website.


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