A LOCAL politician has visited Barrhead train station following the completion of works to electrify the line.

Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur visited the town's station on Friday, August 11, to learn more about how Network Rail is engaging with residents to explain the changes to the railway.

We previously reported that engineers were working around the clock throughout June to prepare the route for new Class 380 electric trains in December.

Over 70,000 hours were worked during the six-week closure of the line from Saturday, June 24 until Friday, August 4.

The works included installing over 14,400 metres of overhead power cables and renewing 130 metres of track.

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

On top of that, a "significant amount" was carried out at Barrhead station including extending platform three to accommodate longer trains.