Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme

Key Facts

  • Client: Network Rail
  • Value: £40million
  • Location: Edinburgh and Glasgow

EGIP involved major structure enhancements to improve route clearance for electrification

EGIP involved major structure enhancements to improve route clearance for electrification (25kv over 350 mile single track route) with the overall objective of maximising line capacity and journey times on the key commuter artery between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

These works are a proven collaboration between BAM Nuttall (BAM) and Network Rail (NR) in successfully delivering a £40 million Advanced Route Clearance Contract. Working together, BAM and NR (the team) cleared the route of over forty foul structures in a fraction of the normal time. Within challenging timescales, the team was able to plan the complex logistics involved with; site investigation ( and geotechnical works carried out by BAM Ritchies), design, supply, and demolishing of bridges in urban areas – doing so with military precision.

Maintaining design delivery dates was also vital and these were kept on track through weekly design review meetings and a tracker recording real-time progress. During the EGIP Route Clearance three year programme of work, the positive culture delivered formidable results – in terms of accelerated, yet safe delivery in quantifiable value. Continued learning through these systems has led to better resource sharing and accurate forecast realising for projects that have followed.

Added value

Additionally, the team excelled in completing these difficult works with minimum disruption to the operational railway, and with minimum inconvenience to key stakeholders (the public and NR’s line side neighbours). The project received CCS scores of 5/5 under the ‘Good Neighbour’ category – one of the reasons being an implementation of a dedicated hotline for residents and businesses to ask questions and communicate their praises or concerns with the project team.


Due to the success of the entirety of the EGIP works, we have seen the project awarded with; a Considerate Constructors Gold Award, the Major Capital Projects Risk Award, an ICE Saltire Society Project Commendation Award (for the Shore Bridge Reconstruction) and the Rail Supplier of the Year Award as part of the Scottish Transport Awards in both 2013 and 2014.