Glasgow Queen Street gets on track for platform extension works
Ahead of Glasgow Queen Street station’s redevelopment, preparatory work will begin next week for the extension of platform 1.
A £16m contract has been issued to Balfour Beatty who will deliver a package of enabling works including the construction of a new staff accommodation block, ahead of the platform being lengthened to accommodate four-carriage trains.
To prepare for the platform extension, the staff accommodation currently located on platform 1 and 2 needs to be demolished. The staff facilities within this block will be relocated to a new staff building being built on the North Hanover Street (Car park) side of the station ahead of the demolition.
Balfour Beatty will start work on this new staff building on Monday, April 3, with completion the facility due in spring 2018.
Engineers will also strip out redundant structures within the station during this time and build a new electrical sub-station to serve Glasgow Queen Street station.
The work is part of the Scottish Government-funded Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and preparatory work ahead of the future redevelopment of the station.
EGIP is delivering a rolling programme of electrification across the central belt – reducing journey times and increasing capacity on routes by improving the infrastructure to enable faster, longer and greener electric trains to run.
When complete, EGIP will reduce journey times on the Glasgow-Edinburgh, via Falkirk High, route by around 10 minutes and increase the number of seats available to passengers.
Rodger Querns, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects programme director, said: “We will shortly start work at Glasgow Queen Street station to extend platform 1 and increase its capacity from three to four carriages.
“These works complement the wider activity happening at Queen Street as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme which will enhance capacity and improve reliability as well as reduce journey times on services between Scotland’s two largest cities.
“We are committed to carrying out these enhancements as quickly as possible and with the minimum of inconvenience for passengers. Station access, as well as pedestrian routes through the North Hanover Street car park, will remain unchanged.”
These works are separate to the ongoing TAWS process for the wider redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street.
To date, EGIP has successfully completed the £80m electrification of the Cumbernauld line, the £25m redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Haymarket station and the completion of the new, £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange.
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