The Glasgow Anderston station is set to reopen this coming Monday 13th June, following a thirteen-week programme of engineering works, which was designed to create a better passenger experience.
The Station has been closed to the public since the 13th March, as part of a wider, £32m investment that set out to improve the punctuality and reliability on passenger services between Rutherglen and the Exhibition Centre. These investment works saw extensive repairs to a variety of infrastructure within the station such as the tunnels, bridges, and tracks in the hope it would enhance the passenger experience.
The works conducted in the last 3 months have seen the station ceilings removed in both the concourse platform areas, seeing up to 25 tonnes of these materials recycled as part of a greener push to rail construction works.
Other elements include the installation of over 12 tonnes of steelwork to create the new lift shaft and 3,000 metres of new cabling throughout the station, with 960m of surface tiles replaced.
The grand reopening of Anderston was originally scheduled for a week ago, but issues with the worldwide supply chain led to a slight delay in the delivery of required light fittings that would illuminate the platform areas.
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said:
“I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience and understanding over the last 13 weeks, particularly when we had to extend the closure by a further week due to circumstances out with our control.
“This vital engineering work and the outcomes it delivers are part of our wider commitment to continually enhance Scotland’s Railway for our customers. This includes creating an improved station environment, introducing step free access, and completely refurbishing the platforms.
“Given the extent of the work at Anderston station and on the wider Argyle line programme, we’ve also ensured that we won’t need to undertake an engineering project of this complexity and scale for several decades to come.”
David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said:
“I’d like to thank customers for their patience while this work was carried out, and I’m confident that the improvements made at Anderston will be welcomed by those who use the station regularly
“The introduction of step-free access makes the station more accessible, and the engineering enhancements on the Argyle Line between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre will improve punctuality and reliability on the route for years to come.
“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a modern, reliable, and green rail network for Scotland.”
Whilst the station will reopen this coming Monday, some of the works will still be ongoing as the overall project completion date is not estimated until this Autumn. The remaining works will see new ceiling tiles installed accompanied by a new lift in the concourse platform. The frontage and outside area will also see improvements with a new-look glazed entrance.
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