THREE PLATFORMS at Edinburgh Waverley station will be lengthened by Carillion under a £23 million contract awarded by Network Rail.

Platforms 5 and 6, to the east of the station, and platform 12, to the west, will be lengthened to accommodate ScotRail’s new Class 385 EMUs and the new Azuma trains to be introduced by Virgin Trains East Coast; the work forms part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and Inter-city Express Programme (IEP) respectively.

Preparatory works to clear redundant structures and reposition the escalators at platform 11 will begin in April, with main construction work and extension of platform 12 due to run from May to December this year. The extended platforms 5 and 6 will be completed in 2018, with track remodelling also included to allow more trains to use platforms 10 and 11. The ‘385s’ are due to be introduced by ScotRail later this year, with the VTEC Azuma following in 2018; both fleets are built by Hitachi.