New platforms to bring longer, faster trains to Edinburgh Waverley
Network Rail has awarded Carillion the £23m contract to deliver the extension works at platforms 5 and 6, to the east of the station, and 12, to the west, as Waverley prepares for the new EGIP fleet of Hitachi class 385s and for Virgin East Coast’s new Azuma trains.
Work will soon begin on a project to lengthen platforms at Edinburgh Waverley for the introduction of new longer, faster, greener trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow and on the East Coast main line.
The enhancements are being delivered as part of both the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and the Department for Transport-funded Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
The infrastructure works, and new rolling stock, will help to transform travel on both routes increasing passenger capacity and reducing journey times – by around 10 minutes between Edinburgh and Glasgow and by around 20 minutes between the two capital cities.
Preparatory works to clear redundant structures and reposition the escalators at platform 11 will begin in April with main construction work on extending platform 12 due to start in May, for completion in December 2017.
The extended platforms 5 and 6 will be completed in 2018, while the project will also deliver track remodelling work to allow more trains to use platforms 10 and 11.
Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “This upgrade of Edinburgh Waverley is part of the wider improvement programme, which will bring real benefits to passengers and maximise the potential of this historic station.
“By extending the platforms, we are paving the way for the introduction of the new, longer, electric train fleet between Edinburgh and Glasgow and on the East Coast mainline. The new trains will bring greater capacity to Scotland’s busiest rail route and cut journey times.
UK Government Rail Minister Paul Maynard said: “These improved platforms at Edinburgh Waverley station will enable new Intercity Express Trains to operate, providing more reliable and efficient journeys for passengers while helping to protect our beautiful countryside from pollution.
Rodger Querns, Network Rail EGIP programme director, said: “Edinburgh Waverley welcomes nearly 30 million passengers a year and the work we are delivering will help to make sure the station can continue to play a vital role in the economic and social life of the Capital.
“Delivering such a significant piece of engineering work in the heart of one of the country’s busiest stations will be a significant challenge for our engineers and contractors but we are committed to carrying out these enhancements as quickly as possible and with the minimum of inconvenience for passengers.”
The new EGIP fleet of faster, longer, greener trains will deliver a truly enhanced experience for our customers. 200 new carriages will help to reduce journey times on some routes, are more energy efficient than the current diesel trains and the extra carriages will mean that seating capacity on the main route between Edinburgh and Glasgow is greatly increased.
The introduction of the state-of-the-art Azuma fleet will transform Edinburgh’s connectivity, ushering in a new era of comfort and style on cross-border intercity routes. Customers will see regular Edinburgh-London journeys accelerated to around four hours and an increase in the number of destinations available directly from Scotland.