Network Rail has successfully delivered £5m of investment to renew track and points (rails which move to transfer trains from one line to another) on the West Coast Main Line through Rutherglen.

More than a mile of track and six sets of points were renewed on four consecutive Sundays during April, and during a three-day line closure over the Easter weekend, to improve the reliability of the line thorough Rutherglen and across Shawfield junction.

Shawfield is a key location on the West Coast Main Line between Glasgow Central and London Euston – one of the busiest rail routes in Britain. The work means the junction will not need renewed for another 30 years.

In all more than 2,600 sleepers, 6,600t of ballast and 3,100m of rail were removed and replaced around Rutherglen over three weekends, before 11 engineering trains, and three specialist Kirow cranes worked over the Easter weekend at Shawfield to cut up and remove existing points and lay 50 new pre-assembled track panels.

Liam Sumpter, Chief Operating Officer for Network Rail Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank both passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience while this vital investment has been taking place.

“The West Coast Main Line plays a key role in the economic life of the country – carrying both passengers and freight – and this work will help improve its resilience and reliability.

“The project we have delivered throughout April is a significant investment in the long-term future of our railway.”