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The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)

reached another key milestone on October 27 when the

first 1.5 km overhead power cables were run out on the

main Edinburgh-Glasgow route.

Over 250 km of overhead power equipment (OLE)

will be installed in the coming months as part of the

£742m Scottish Government-funded project.

The wiring work is currently being delivered using

conventional mobile elevated platformmethods, ahead

of the arrival of a new wiring train in January.

Running in tandem with the wiring works, engineers

are also working to complete the last of over 60 clear-

ance projects required by EGIP and to deliver the 2,366

stanchions and masts needed to support the OLE – over

320 of which have already been erected.

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First Wires

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will of course provide further updates over the

coming weeks when we know more.”

Once the ground had been consolidated, Ellie could

continue her journey.

Over 30,000 tonnes of material were removed from

the 270 m long tunnel, with 1,940 concrete sections put

in place.

Back on Track

Following the breakthrough on 25 October, Network Rail

has continued to work with train operators to reinstate

normal passenger services as soon as possible in

December 2015.

Nick Spall, route delivery director at Network Rail,

said:

“Farnworth Tunnel is an extremely complex

engineering challenge being delivered as part of

our Railway Upgrade Plan. Breaking through to

complete the tunnel was a key milestone for the

project. There is more work to do before we can

bring this new section of railway into use. This

will require a short closure of the railway.”

To complete the project Network Rail needed to find

a date when specialist equipment is available, and bal-

ance this with the need to minimise disruption to pas-

sengers. The two stage solution was agreed by the rail

industry after considering all the options available to

them.

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