Scottish Ministers have today given formal approval to an application by Network Rail to undertake major redevelopment works at Queen Street Station.
The Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Order triggers the latest phase of this ambitious improvement programme which, on completion, will give one of Scotland’s key rail hubs a major facelift.
The main provisions of the Order enable Network Rail to undertake enhancements to accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers. On completion the new station will deliver:
• a fully accessible, modern, transport facility;
• improved access to an expanded concourse;
• enhanced aesthetics and passenger facilities in the station;
• increased capacity, walking and circulation space and longer platforms; and
• a station that better serves the needs of passengers and the city.
Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin commented:
“It is fantastic that one of Scotland’s key public transport hubs is to receive a much needed face lift. The plans for Queen Street Station will elevate the station to a new level in terms of design and usability. Not only will it look fantastic but it will allow for Glaswegians and visitors alike the ability to fully access the station, as should be the case, while improving their user experience.”
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said:
“The Scottish Government is delivering the most ambitious programme of rail investment ever seen in Scotland, committing over £5 billion across the current funding period. Approval of this TAWS Order allows Network Rail to undertake significant enhancements to Glasgow Queen Street Station.
“This continued investment in our key rail hubs will not only accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers, it will also improve the overall service experience. Coupled with new longer, faster, greener Class 385 trains coming later this year and a full fleet refurbishment, we are doing what we can now to deliver a Scottish rail industry for the future, one which encourages even more people opt to get out their cars and onto trains.”