Sunday 24 Dec 2006


Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Rail passengers heading into Edinburgh will see a number of changes at Waverley and Haymarket as five new platforms come into use on 27 December. At Waverley, a new platform numbering system will be introduced to incorporate four new platforms. At Haymarket, platform 0 will be used for the small number of services that are timetabled to depart from, and terminate at, the station instead of Waverley. Extra staff, signage and passenger information will be available to help passengers familiarise themselves with the new arrangements. David Simpson, route director at Network Rail, said: "The opening of the new platforms shows that real progress is being made at Edinburgh Waverley. They are a key part of the increase in capacity and passenger comfort that the current redevelopment will bring. As they are opening just after Christmas, shoppers can enjoy an easier and less congested journey to and from the post-Christmas sales." Mary Dickson, Managing Director of First ScotRail, said: “As always, our focus is on our customers. Robust arrangements are in place to keep passengers fully informed, and to ensure that any inconvenience is kept to a minimum during works which will ultimately make journeys easier by lessening congestion and increasing the number of services.” Robert Samson, Passenger Focus, Passenger Link Manager said: “It is essential that during the redevelopment work passengers are kept informed about the disruption to services and timetable changes affecting their journey. We are pleased to note that the rail industry in Scotland is working together to co-ordinate the timetable changes and ensure that passengers have access to the information in plenty of time to inform their journey decisions.” Station staff will be on hand to assist passengers, and all the changes are clearly marked on signs and maps throughout the stations.

Notes to editors

Filming and photography requests can be accommodated between 10am and 12pm on 27 December. Please report to station reception, opposite platform 2 EDINBURGH WAVERLEY STATION FACTS • Edinburgh Waverley is Britain's largest train station area-wise outside London, with passenger numbers currently at 23 million per year and climbing • The station is currently operating at its capacity limit; the number of trains using Waverley station has increased by 50% over the past 15 years to 576 per day • Waverley is of critical importance to Edinburgh’s future economic and commercial development as it will drive the city’s tourism and visitor numbers • Transport Scotland is funding the current £150million programme to upgrade Waverley station; the work is being delivered by Network Rail FURTHER INFORMATION The platform renumbering leaflet and Haymarket Connection Guide are available on the Network Rail website, Staff are available to assist passengers at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations. Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey. For further information on the Waverley redevelopment project email or access the Edinburgh Waverley website at

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