A flood-damaged section of the rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh might perhaps well verbalize two months to restore, Community Rail has said.
The Union Canal breached at Polmont on the subject of Falkirk after heavy rain on 12 August, adverse a 300m (984feet) section of observe.
Community Rail said thousands of gallons of water had washed away substances of the observe and undermined the embankment.
Engineers had been ready to repair the canal breach and finish the flooding on Friday.
Nevertheless, extra than 1km (0.6 miles) of observe and ballast must be replaced.
A 30m (98feet) section of the Union Canal at Muiravonside breached final week, flooding the railway between Polmont and Bo’ness on the predominant Edinburgh to Glasgow route thru Falkirk High.
Community Rail said it could well be working “across the clock” to restore the flood ache from “torrents of water” which cascaded down from the canal above.
The vitality of the floodwater undermined and washed away overhead electrification masts and damaged others. Dozens of uprooted bushes receive moreover been strewn across the tracks.
Kevin McClelland, Community Rail route delivery director, said: “We’re working with our asset engineers and specialist contractors to assess the scale and extent of the ache and what we are able to must accomplish to soundly reinstate the railway.
“It is a ways great to glimpse the detrimental vitality of the flowing water and the extent of the flooding and the scale of the ache is one thing I in actual fact receive never witnessed before on the railway.
“We’re grateful to our colleagues at Scottish Canals for their suggested response in coping with this phenomenal incident.”
Passengers who fancy to scuttle between Edinburgh and Glasgow or Dunblane must contact ScotRail for crucial aspects on more than just a few routes and bus replacements.