BARRHEAD’s train station has been upgraded following a month-long closure.

It comes after Network Rail said a “significant amount” of work has been carried out at the town’s station.

The rail firm said this included extending platform three to accommodate longer four-carriage electric trains which involved moving the current buffers and rebuilding the access paths.

We previously reported that engineers have been working around the clock since June 24 to prepare the route for electric trains in December.

Over 70,000 hours were worked during the six-week closure and activity including installing 14,400 metres of overhead power cables and renewing 130 metres of track.

The £63.3million project included upgrades at four stations – Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley, Nitshill and Barrhead.

Paul Reilly, Network Rail Senior Programme Manager, said: “I would like to thank passengers, residents, and businesses for their patience and understanding over the last six-weeks, as we delivered these vital engineering works.

“Electrification of the Glasgow to Barrhead line will transform travel by providing greener and quieter trains for our passengers.

“The work also represents another considerable achievement as part of our wider plans to deliver net zero across Scotland’s Railway and we’re looking forward to electric trains operating on the route.”

David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said: “It’s great to see that work to prepare the Barrhead line for electrification has been completed successfully and the route reopen for passenger service.

“We know how inconvenient it can be when extensive work like this is carried out, so we’re thrilled to be able to welcome customers back to the railway.

“I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience while this important upgrade was delivered. It’s an exciting project for Scotland’s Railway, with more of the network being electrified on our journey to net zero.”

The line reopened on Friday, August 4.