Queen Street work begins

THE REDEVELOPMENT of Glasgow Queen Street station began on 6 August.

Part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), the work aims to deliver longer eightcar trains and faster journey times between Queen Street and Edinburgh by 2019. Initial work at the station will see the ticket office relocated and the George Square entrance to the station closed. Bus stops will also be relocated and the taxi rank closed. Network Rail says that during the various phases of redevelopment there will be changes to walking routes into and through the station. The redevelopment will see the station concourse expanded following demolition of buildings at the station’s front, and a new ticket office and staff accommodation block will be provided.

The start of work follows the grant of powers under the Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Act, which was achieved earlier this year. However, with this process taking longer than anticipated, there are fears the work will not be completed by the planned deadline of 2019.