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Innovations Award 2012 Transport - Paisley Canal Low Cost Transformer: Network Rail and First Scotrail

Network Rail had to find a way of reducing the costs of electrification whilst providing a safe, reliable and efficient railway.

Diesel trains operating between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal could not meet the tight timetable because they were too slow. Converting the route to electric operation would improve reliability and use the existing fleet of electric trains more efficiently. 

However, the expected cost of £28m was too high for the Scottish Government to meet so Network Rail had to find a way of reducing this whilst providing a safe, reliable and efficient railway for freight and passenger use.