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23.08.17

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

New pictures released by Network Rail today have shown how extended platforms at Edinburgh’s Waverley station could look when works are complete.

The computer-generated images show how Scotland’s second busiest station will look after the extension, which is being carried out ahead of the arrival of Virgin East Coast’s new Azuma rolling stock and ScotRail’s new Class 385s.

Engineers are currently working on extending platforms five and six to the east of the station and 12 to the west.

Waverley extended platform 12Waverley extended platform 12

Construction is now entering its next phase, and work will soon begin extending platform 12 further into the station and removing redundant buildings on platform 11.

Waverley platforms 5and6 looking eastWaverly platforms 5&6 looking East

“Extending Edinburgh Waverley’s platforms is vital to the long-term future of the station and paves the way for the introduction of two new state-of-the-art train fleets,” said Rodger Querns, Network Rail programme director.

“Completing such a significant piece of engineering work in one of the country’s busiest stations is a significant challenge and one which will mean some short-term disruption to the platform 11 escalator,” he added.

“However, we are committed to carrying out these enhancements as quickly as possible and with the minimum of inconvenience for passengers.”

The enhancements are part of the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). It is hoped that the station improvements and new rolling stock will transform travel on both routes by increasing passenger capacity and reducing journey times by 10 minutes between Edinburgh and Glasgow and by 20 minutes between Edinburgh and London.

NR expect the extended platform 12 to be in service in early 2018.

Top Image: Waverley Platforms 5and6 looking west towards main concourse. 

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   24/08/2017 at 03:13

With platform extensions at London Waterloo station being deployed and installed for longer suburban trains as SWR will become a 10-Car railway. This could also see longer platforms at Edinburgh Waverley with longer trains to use Waverley station including the Class 43 HST's that are to be cascaded from England because of new Hitachi IET's that are to operate on the GWML and ECML. As well Hitachi AT200 Class 385's that will soon start passenger service from late this year.

Billd   25/08/2017 at 11:07

Looking at the graphics of the new platforms, I wonder why NR/Scotrail have not taken the opportunity to make them straight!

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