Good progress reported as rail works continue

PROGRESS ON THE largest upgrade to the railway in Moray for many years is being reported as good following last weekend’s service closure.

At its peak 200 personnel were working on the line at Forres, which was the first weekend in a series of planned closures of the line to allow key elements of the work to progress undisturbed.

A Network Rail spokesman reported good progress being made: “Our teams took delivery of over 1500tonnes of ballast to aid in the realignment of 250metres of existing railway track.

“Four giant switch panels for new points were lifted by a 250t Kirow crane and positioned east of the Waterford Road level crossing. Temporary beams were installed over the Mossett burn and work continued on the new road bridge, with over 350 tonnes of reinforcing steel now in place.”

This weekend was the first of a series of planned rail closures on the route, leading up to the new station being completed in October 2017. The next scheduled weekend closure will take place on April 7 to 10 and again on April 28 to May 1.

Any enquiries regarding the works can be directed to or via the 24hr helpline on 03457 114141