£112m project will revitalise Queen St
Tenders invited for rebuilding of Glasgow rail station
Network Rail has invited tenders for the £112 million contract to rebuild Glasgow’s Queen Street Station in what will be one of the signature developments of the next few years.
Scotland’s third busiest rail station handles 20 million passengers a year, predicted to grow to 28 million by 2030.
The revamp of the station will see the main entrance replaced by a glass facade overlooking George Square. There will be improvements to the entrances and extensions to the platforms to allow for longer trains. The work is expected to be completed by 2019.
The project will be overseen by ScotRail Alliance – a management team created from senior Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail staff.
Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, said: “Today we are confirming that one of our busiest and most important stations will also be transformed, making it larger and with much better facilities for our growing number of customers.
“The changes we are making in the coming years will make sure that we have a modern fleet, running on improved infrastructure to and from world-class stations.”
The plans include:
- demolition of the neighbouring Millennium Hotel’s 1970s extension above the station;
- demolition of Consort House;
- removal of the canopy over the footway in Dundas Street;
- redevelopment of the station concourse, south and west façades, including reconstruction and extension of station buildings;
- improved station entrances at Dundas Street and George Square;
- a 500 square metre glass facade to the George Square entrance;
- new lighting and public address systems;
- new ticket office and staff accommodation block;
- construction of extended platforms to accommodate eight-car trains.
The redevelopment is part of the Scottish government’s £742m Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), which aims to reduce journey times and increase capacity on Scotland’s main rail routes.