Aberdeen-Dundee rail line to reopen next week

Aberdeen-Dundee rail line to reopen next week

By Dawn Black on 31/10/2020

The line between Aberdeen and Dundee will reopen on Tuesday, November 3, after the completion of work to repair the railway following August’s tragic derailment.

The railway has been shut since August 12, when the 06:38 ScotRail Aberdeen-Glasgow service struck a landslip with the devastating loss of driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury.

The incident caused extensive damage to the track, bridge, embankments and drainage systems at the accident site at Carmont, near Stonehaven. 

The work has included:

  • Building a new 900-metre road and temporary bridges over the surrounding farmland to bring specialist lifting equipment to the site.
  • Constructing a 600-tonne crawler crane to carefully lift the derailed carriages from the railway.
  • Replacing over 500 metres of damaged track, 70 metres of bridge parapets and relaying 400 metres of telecoms cables.
  • Repairing and enhancing drainage systems and flood defences above and below the line.
  • Rebuilding the railway embankment beneath the accident site.

ScotRail has been operating a shuttle service between Aberdeen and Stonehaven and between Montrose and Edinburgh to keep customers in the north east moving. Replacement bus services have also been in place between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, linking into cross-border trains.

After the incident on August 12, Network Rail introduced a range of additional safety measures.

As an immediate precaution, hundreds of sites nationwide with higher-risk trackside slopes, similar to Stonehaven, were inspected.

These inspections were carried out by both in-house engineers and specialist contractors, supplemented by helicopter surveys.

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