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Glasgow’s Queen Street station will reopen ahead of schedule on Sunday with more trains to serve visitors to the Edinburgh Festival.

Eight trains will run every hour and later at night between the capital and Glasgow and there will be more seats.

ScotRail has also announced an extra service to Dundee, additional night-time trains to North Berwick and Garscadden on Fridays and Saturdays, and later services to Glenrothes via Dunfermline on Fridays.

Cathy Craig, commercial director said: “The festivals are brilliant for Edinburgh and great for Scotland. We want to help as many people as possible get to and from the capital so that they can be part of the incredible festival experience.

“That is why we are running more trains, later trains and providing more seats starting from next week.

“With the Queen Street tunnel reopening, customers have a choice. They can use both the High Level and Low Level services, meaning that there are eight trains an hour going to and from Edinburgh.

“Trains are always busy during the festivals. If people can plan ahead, give themselves plenty of time and consider using all of the services that are going to Edinburgh – not just those that operate on the High Level, then I am confident that we will be able to carry more people than ever before.”

The station was closed for a £60 million high level tunnel upgrade – considered to be the most significant feat of engineering along the Edinburgh-Glasgow line in 170 years.

Corecut, a Broxburn-based Diamond Drilling specialist completed key infrastructural work on the upgrade (pictured above).

The company took the lead role in the removal of 10,000 tonnes of existing concrete slabs as the station’s tunnel underwent significant improvements. At a contract value of £1.25 million, it represented the largest drilling project of its kind undertaken in Scotland.

Forty-year-old track continues to be replaced, power lines installed, and platforms expanded by a network of dedicated contractors.

Managing director, Finlay Crocker said: “The Queen Street tunnel represented a significant challenge for our team, which worked diligently on a 24/7 basis in difficult conditions across almost 100 days from late March to late June.

“We hope that our contribution to Queen Street lays the foundations for wider success, both for those still engaged on the project, and for the station’s long-term future.”

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