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Unforeseen ground conditions delay Livingstone South station upgrade

Network Rail has said that the programme for redevelopment of Livingstone South station has been extended after the project encountered unforeseen ground conditions during piling work for new lift towers.

The piling work was due to start after a 10 day blockade at the station over Easter to extend and redevelop the station’s platforms however ground investigation data revealed the need for redesign resulting in delays.

GE has requested Network Rail to clarify how the ground conditions differed from those expected or how this impacted on the design.

Network Rail has said that these delays have had an impact on other parts of the project, which is part of the Shotts Line Electrification scheme.

“We are conscious that the current situation at the station is not to the standard that we would want and expect for passengers using the railway,” said Shotts Line Electrification programme manager Brian Mallon.

“With that in mind, we are working with our contractors to expedite those elements of work that need to be progressed in order that we can fully complete the redevelopment and deliver the station that the community of Livingston South expect.”

The final work on the lifts is now expected to be completed in February next year, although much of the upgrade will be finished by the end of this year.

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