Airdrie-Bathgate depot

The Airdrie-Bathgate Railway Link connects Edinburgh to Glasgow through Bathgate, Drumgelloch and Airdrie.  As one of the UK’s leading depot specialists, Spencer Group was appointed by Network Rail as the principal contractor on this project that delivered the design and construction of a brand new rail depot as part of the major Bathgate to Airdrie line programme.

Key Project Details

Client Network Rail
Duration 18 months
Location Scotland
Contract Form ICE 7th & NR 8

Project Scope

A large part of the work involved the installation of the platform track and the erection of 6 cross-track overhead line electrification gantries, complete with gantry lighting and 8 stabling sidings. The new depot was designed and built to include a carriage wash plant facility and controlled emissions toilet facility. Further details were as follows:

• New P-way fan turnout into sidings and CWP and CET sidings
• 11Kv substation + LV substation
• Concrete hardstanding to depot entrance
• 3000m new perimeter fencing around depot
• Underground storage tanks and foul drainage outlets
• Surface water drainage, attenuation and interceptor tanks

The project involved

0 Riddor's
1,500m new access road


Spencer Group’s delivery of the Bathgate LMT Depot involved an accelerated programme specified by Network Rail on part of the site, and all accompanied piling design changes. We drew on our in-house design and planning team resource to successfully design, plan and ultimately deliver this acceleration for the client. The project build saw Spencer’s working in sub-zero temperatures through two severe winters, but despite these challenges there were zero RIDDOR incidents.

The project was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate for Network Rail’s Best Medium Project of the Year.

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The project involved

8 stable sidings
2,000m new water supply main