TRANSPORT: ScotRail Dumbarton-Balloch trains cancelled for ‘urgent track repairs’




Commuters are having to make alternative travel arrangements after the railway was closed between Dumbarton and Balloch.

Network Rail has shut the line between Dalreoch and Balloch to allow engineers to carry out “urgent repairs to the track at Balloch” after reports were received of a collapsed culvert in the area.

ScotRail says disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Trains between Balloch and Airdrie are not running between Balloch and Dumbarton Central. No trains are calling at Balloch, Alexandria or Renton.

Dumbarton Central and Balloch, leaving Dumbarton at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour and leaving Balloch at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour and calling at Renton and Alexandria, though there will be no departure from Dumbarton at 8.55am.

Dalreoch station is still being served by trains on the Helensburgh-Edinburgh route.

Picture below see comment: The bridge at Strathleven Place/Bonhill Road that was never completed to specification.  Picture by Bill Heaney


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  1. The fatal train crash at Stonehaven not so long ago where three people were killed was because of a drainage problem.

    Conveniently the now defunct Carillion engineering corporate last week got the blame for undertaking drainage works not notified to the state infrastructure operator Network Rail.

    Phew, that I’m sure saved a few faces. Dead men, dead bankrupt businesses don’t speak.

  2. Interesting too how trains entering and exiting Dumbarton Central on the east side of the line have to restrict their speed as they approach and or depart the station.

    Unknown to many, when the Strathleven Bridge deck was being replaced a few years ago, a mistake in dimensions was made and the bridge was constructed too high. With this only being discovered when the train tracks were being relaid after the new bridge deck had been put into position, but before the train services resumed, Network Rail opted to impose a speed restriction on trains rather than undertake remedial works to lower the bridge.

    Shutting down the rail service for another weekend at huge cost to repair the mistake it seems was not an option.

    These safety speed restrictions remain in place today and have become a permanent feature. Great to know that our railways are in great hands.

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