THE railway between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre has re-opened today following a £32m improvement project, Network Rail announced.

The company said it had successfully completed work on the Argyle line, which will reopen as planned on Monday, May 9, following an eight-week closure.

The line closed on March 13 to allow engineers to repair and renew tunnels, bridges and tracks between the two stations.

Rail bosses said it would be the most significant piece of engineering on the line in a generation and was designed to improve punctuality and reliability for passengers for years to come.

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Engineers removed 500 tonnes of concrete encasement from the tunnels, with 700 structural beams repainted and more than 1,000 square metres of waterproofing applied.

All ScotRail services affected by the work resumed in time for the start of Monday morning service.

Glasgow Times: The line gives access to the SEC through the Exhibition Centre station.The line gives access to the SEC through the Exhibition Centre station.

Jenny Gilruth, Transport Minister, said: “Passengers will undoubtedly welcome the news that this particular programme of work and its associated closures have come to an end.

"I’d like to thank them for their patience throughout, particularly users of Anderston station.

"I would also like to thank all of the staff at Network Rail and ScotRail who have facilitated these improvements, delivering them on time and within budget.

“The Scottish Government has provided £32m of funding for this work and will continue to significantly invest in rail infrastructure and services in Scotland which helps us to attract passengers back to rail.

"It is vital that we deliver reliable infrastructure and do so in a manner that minimises the impact of disruption to passengers and freight.

“Any project of this scale brings with it a number of challenges but at the same time also delivers significant improvements to Scotland’s Railway for passengers, including a reduction in the need for future disruption arising from any future works."

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Jeremy Spence, programme manager at Network Rail, said: “I am pleased that this major programme of work to the Argyle line has been completed both on time and within budget.

“The complexity of a project that covers multiple work sites, involves a range of disciplines, not to mention the mobilisation of plant and equipment, is not without significant challenges.

"It’s a credit to the Network Rail project team, our contractors and supply chain partners that every element was delivered safely and on time.

“The outcome is a comprehensive programme of improvements and enhancements that futureproof Scotland’s Railway for passengers, as work on this scale will not be required for many years to come.

“Closing part of our infrastructure is something done rarely, as we fully appreciate the impact of this on our customers.

"Our decision was weighed against whether it was best to complete the work over an intense period of time by closing the line completely or prolong it over many months by only being able to undertake work at weekends.

“I would like to thank all the passengers whose travel plans have been affected for their patience and understanding over the past eight weeks.”

Glasgow Times: The Argyle Line runs through Glasgow Central Station. The station's low level had been closed for the duration of the works.The Argyle Line runs through Glasgow Central Station. The station's low level had been closed for the duration of the works.

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David Simpson, ScotRail's service delivery director, said: “This was an ambitious programme of work and it’s great to see that it’s been completed on time, within budget, and with alternative transport arrangements working well for customers.

“The work has helped future proof the line and customers can look forward to a better journey experience.

“We’d ask them for a little bit more patience as we carry out further essential work at Anderston station over the next four weeks.

“We’ll be upgrading the entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms and installing a lift for better customer access.

“This is all part of our strategy to make ScotRail fit for the future with investment in infrastructure, more reliable timetables, and great offers like the half-price ticket sale which begins on May 9.”

Glasgow Times: Normal ScotRail service has resumed from today.Normal ScotRail service has resumed from today.

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The Argyle line project includes improvements to Anderston station, with the closure of the station extended by four weeks until June 6.

This is to allow engineers to complete work on the entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms.

Work to renovate the station is expected to end by the autumn.

Once complete, the station will feature a lift, a remodelled booking office and modern finishes on the stairs, floors and ceilings.

This also includes improving the outside area to the station, with a new-look glazed entrance and enhanced external lighting.