Work completed to raise height of Linlithgow railway wall

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Work to raise the height of the walls bordering the railway at Royal Terrace and Union Road has been completed.

The Network Rail project, which cost £650,000, is part of the Scottish Government- funded Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement programme (EGIP) and was done to comply with electrified railway standards and to ensure the public’s safety from overhead cables.

It took six months to raise the height of the listed Victorian boundary as stone masons used 160 tonnes of locally sourced Scotch Buff sandstone to maintain the rustic look of the wall.

The boundary was built section by section by a team of experienced stone masons which took 4200 man hours, using their knowledge of heritage projects to construct the equivalent of 360m of new walls.

Kevin McClelland, Network Rail route delivery director for infrastructure projects, said: “Our focus in raising the height of the walls is to safeguard the public as we transform the infrastructure to an electrified network.

“However, it is important to ensure that every effort is made to protect the integrity of listed structures and conserve the character of historic railway environments. Initial feedback so far has been positive and indicates that what we have delivered what we set out to do.”

Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust said, “The project to raise the height of the railway boundary walls at Linlithgow for electrification clearance has been an excellent piece of work by Network Rail.

“It shows what can be done where the approach is to conserve and build upon the historic railway environment and is sympathetic to the surrounding community.”