Work is to intensify on the 50km Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa railway to electrify the line.
Network Rail is working day and night from the start of September to ensure overhead line electrification (OLE) work is completed.
The project is necessary, not only to move forward with better technology, but to also ensure the new ScotRail electric Class-385 trains can be used on the line.
Part of the Scottish government’s rolling electrification programme, the work from Network Rail will result in building the country’s best ever railway.
Already, work to install these significant changes has taken place as part of a multi-million pound upgrade to the Alloa line.
It is an element of a major electrification programme on the lines linking Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
And now, Network Rail is pressing ahead with even more upgrades.
During the current programme of work, Network Rail is undertaking mast and cantilever installation.
In addition, cable ducting work on platforms at stations along the route is taking place, and newly-installed infrastructure will be aligned.
By having a railway fit to run the new electric Class-385 trains, commuters and businesses in and out of Scotland will have access to state-of-the-art facilities that make journeys more comfortable.
Moreover though, the new trains and electrification will mean trains are longer and more of them will be able to run closer together, thanks to the technology.
This makes journeys more frequent.
By harnessing electrical energy, the country’s environment will be improved, and pollution reduced.
Overall, a 15% reduction in journey time will be felt, and up to 20% more capacity on peak services to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Paul Reilly, Network Rail programme manager, explained the benefits.
“Electrification will transform travel across the Central Belt of Scotland and is part of our commitment to delivering the best railway Scotland has ever had.”