Hope for train jobs in South Lanarkshire could hit the buffers

Work has now started on the new HS2 projectWork has now started on the new HS2 project
Work has now started on the new HS2 project
A high-speed train “stabling” facility - creating up to 100 jobs is set to be constructed, but hopes it’ll be in South Lanarkshire could hit the buffers.

The project is contained in the latest consultation on a second phase of high-speed rail development in the UK.

The “design refinement” of the western leg of the HS2 scheme - from Crewe to Manchester - includes the proposals about two miles north of Gretna.

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The consultation said the additional stabling site would be needed somewhere between Carlisle and Glasgow and Edinburgh which could house up to 28 trains.

This would be used for cleaning, maintenance and storage of equipment as well as offering meeting and training facilities.

Three potential sites had been identified: Gretna, Todhills in Cumbria and Ravenstruther in South Lanarkshire. However, the Dumfries and Galloway location was thought to be the “most operationally suitable, cost-effective and least environmentally impactful solution”.

Consultation on the proposals is open until December 11.

Work formally began on the HS2 project last month with the first phase - from London to Crewe - hoped to be completed between 2028 and 2031. The second phase has been earmarked for completion some time between 2035 and 2040.

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