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22.09.17

£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

The major £120m development of Glasgow Queen Street has this week entered its next phase as work is now underway to prepare redundant buildings at the front of the station for demolition.

Protective scaffolding will be put up around two buildings, Consort House and the Millennium Hotel extension, to ensure they are not damaged whilst this process is ongoing.

The next stage of demolition will involve dismantling the buildings, which will happen next month. Engineers have been busy preparing the structures for removal since spring by disconnecting power supplies and other services, as well as stripping out interiors.

These buildings are being removed to make room for the new station frontage, concourse and entrances as well as longer station platforms.

The project is due for completion in 2020 and will give passengers an expanded concourse with increased capacity and circulation space, improved customer facilities and a “contemporary and distinctive building both internally and externally.”

This work is being delivered by contractor Balfour Beatty, who will carry out the demolition and development on behalf of Network Rail.

Glasgow Queen Street September 2017The buildings outside Queen's Street in their current state

“This next phase of the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station, part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, takes us a step closer to a fully accessible, modern, transport facility that better serves the needs of passengers and the city,” said Humza Yousaf, transport minister.

“It is a further example of our continued investment in the railway as we work with Network Rail and ScotRail to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”

And Rodger Querns, Network Rail programme director, added: “Queen Street station is the gateway to Glasgow from the north and the east for both commuters and visitors to the city.

“The redeveloped station will be a wonderful example of our vision for Scotland’s railway, which is about delivering social and economic opportunities for the communities we serve.”

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Andrew Gwilt   22/09/2017 at 10:37

As part of the EGIP scheme with the Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification (Shotts Line electrification) between the 2 cities in Scotland. And new Class 385's to start services from late this year and next year once the electrification is completed.

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