First sub-station commissioned in £120m project
Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth visited the first new feeder station to be commissioned on the country’s rail network as part of a £120 million investment on 17 August.
The Ferguslie feeder station, near Paisley, is due to connect to the electrified network in October and supports existing infrastructure as well as providing additional power for further electrification.
Scotland’s upgrade programme involves commissioning of six new feeder stations and upgrade of a further nine to increase the resilience and reliability of overhead electrification for passenger and freight traffic.
Installation and rail-side elements at Ferguslie have now been completed, with Scottish Power Energy Networks soon to install transformers to allow it to connect to the National Grid. It will enable introduction of electric trains to East Kilbride and Barrhead.
The remaining five new feeder stations are due to be completed by 2026.