Queen Street progress

PROGRESS CONTINUES with construction of the new expanded concourse at Glasgow Queen Street station, with the first piece of the steel structure for the new Dundas Street entrance now in place. Spanning 74 metres in length and weighing 70 tonnes, the west truss was lifted and lowered into position section by section using a 750-tonne crane. Network Rail’s main contractor for the work is Balfour Beatty. Installation of the steel support structure will continue until the summer, with the frame wrapping around the existing train shed to provide space to extend the platforms. This is planned to allow eight-car Class 385s to be deployed on services to Edinburgh via Falkirk from December, with the new concourse opening in spring 2020

Big lift: Queen Street station on 17 December 2018, showing the crane that lifted steel girders into position by the west flank of the existing Victorian roof. Ann Glen