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Rail improvement work to impact on memorial

Network Rail has said that foundation work for the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme will start within the memorial garden at Polmont station next week.

Access to the garden, which was established in memory of the 13 people killed when a train derailed at the site in 1984, will be restricted during the foundation work for new overhead line electrification.

Network Rail has said that the plaque dedicated to the fatalities will not be affected.

“We are fully aware of the sensitivities around undertaking work adjacent to this important memorial to the tragic events that occurred near the station in 1984,” said Network Rail EGIP programme director Rodger Querns. “We will deliver this project as quickly as we can, with minimal disturbance, and are committed to fully reinstating the garden as soon as possible.

“We would also like to thank the public for their understanding and co-operation during the work. This work is vital to the electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow line and some disruption to the garden is unavoidable.”

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