Winchburgh Tunnel Closure

Winchburgh Tunnel closed between the 13th June - 27th July to enable work on what is a key element of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme which will deliver 150km of electrified railway.

Major engineering works within Winchburgh Tunnel, meant there was significant service alterations for many passengers using the main Edinburgh/Glasgow railway via Falkirk High as well as on services between Edinburgh and Stirling/Dunbalne as well as between Edinburgh and Fife.

We thank passengers and those in adjacent communities for their patience and understanding while we delivered this major piece of engineering within the difficult confines of a tunnel environment.

Strategic Investment

The investment by the Scottish Government will deliver a railway which is fit for Scotland’s future businesses users, tourists and leisure passengers. The investment will not only improve journey times, provide more reliable longer modern and quieter electric trains with more seats, but will generate significant environmental benefits.

It has already delivered the stunning new look Haymarket station and will build a new Edinburgh Gateway station at Gogar and significant upgrades to other key stations, including Glasgow Queen Street.


What are we doing?

We need to close Winchburgh Tunnel to allow for the safe delivery of major track lowering works that will provide the required headroom for the electrification of the tunnel.  

As well as lowering the tracks we will be installing a slab track system as well as putting in place the infrastructure that will carry the overhead electrification system through the tunnel 

When are we doing it?

The work will take place from 13th June – 27th July. Engineers will be working 24hrs a day throughout this 44 day period.

Why are we doing it?

EGIP is a strategic transport priority for the Scottish Government being delivered by Network Rail. It is a key phase in the electrification of the Scottish rail network and a significant investment in our infrastructure by the Scottish Government.

What does it mean for your journey?

During closure of the tunnel there will be alterations to:

  • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High services
  • Edinburgh – Dunblane/Stirling services
  • Edinburgh – Fife services

Check ahead

If you are travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow – Dunblane/Stirling – Fife between the 13th June and 27th July, you should check before you travel and plan your journey.

An alternative timetable will be in place during the 44 day closure of Winchburgh Tunnel. 

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Throughout these works we will keep you informed.

We appreciate the impact this work may have on your journey and apologise in advance for this disruption. We hope you’ll agree that once these works are complete that the long term benefits to passengers will outweigh this short period of disruption.