Barrhead rail line electrification safety campaign launched after major £63.3m project

A radio campaign has been launched to warn the public that the overhead power equipment on the Barrhead to Glasgow railway line is going live.

Network Rail launched the awareness bid on Wednesday as engineers now enter a testing and safety validating process on the line.

The campaign, which will last for two weeks on Clyde FM, is part of a wider one to promote safe use of the railway while warning of the dangers of trespassing. The overhead cables carry 25,000 volts of electricity.

Paul Reilly, senior programme manager at Network Rail, said: “Energisation is the culmination of the work we have been delivering over the last two years, as we now test the new overhead equipment and ensure it is operating as it should.

“Electrification introduces a substantial change to the railway environment in terms of risk for those living or working near to the newly electrified route, which is why safety is Network Rail’s priority.

“Our radio campaign is just one way we’re making people, particularly young people, aware of this change and encouraging them to stay safe near the railway.

“Overhead power lines carry 25,000 volts of electricity – enough to kill anyone who comes into contact with them. Our message is clear – electrified lines are always on, so always stay off.”

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