TWO train stations were upgraded as part of a £1.3m investment from Network Rail.

Giffnock station in East Renfrewshire and Pollokshaws West were both refurbished in a five-month project.

In Giffnock, the 153-metre-long section of platform one, which has been in place for over 80 years, was replaced.

Precast units were laid on top of 85 concrete foundations that spanned the platform and 75% of materials on site were processed and reused as a backfill.

Part of the work also involved engineers extending the section to the South end of the platform by 15 metres to improve future signalling.

At Pollokshaws West station more than 65 tonnes of brickwork was removed and the wall was rebuilt to improve the existing condition of the platform that serves both the Glasgow to Barrhead and East Kilbride to Glasgow lines.  

For safety reasons, trains with only four carriages were in operation on both lines during the works but trains of up to six carriages will restart from tomorrow.

Glasgow Times: Pollokshaws West stationPollokshaws West station (Image: Network Rail)

Glasgow Times: Giffnock stationGiffnock station (Image: Network Rail)

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Ian Clark, project manager for the works at Giffnock station, said: “The work at Giffnock station is part of our wider maintenance strategy to run a safe and reliable railway by protecting and improving our assets.

“We thank residents living close to Giffnock station for their patience, given much of our work could only be done overnight, and also passengers who had to contend with a four-carriage service to allow the safe delivery of the project.

“However, the renewal work to Platform 1 means that it shouldn’t require an intervention on the scale again for at least another 80 years.”

Michelle McCaig, project manager for the works at Pollokshaws West station, said: “The platforms work at each station were necessary to improve the railway so that it continues to remain fit for purpose for our passengers and freight customers.

“We are very grateful for the support shown by the wider Pollokshaws community during the delivery of the works.”