Wednesday 20 Feb 2019
Sign up for a sneak peak of the changing Glasgow Queen Street station
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Members of the public are invited to join a behind-the-scenes tour of Glasgow Queen Street’s new station building as construction work progresses to build a bigger and brighter transport hub for the city.
From 21-23 March, groups of up to 20 people will have the unique opportunity to enter the live worksite and watch as Glasgow Queen Street is transformed from behind the hoardings. The station is undergoing a significant redevelopment to build extended platforms for longer trains of up to eight carriages and a new spacious concourse with glass frontage.
Spaces on the hour-long tours are limited and registration is open online at: https://opendoors.construction/site/111. Attendees must be 16 years and over and will be guided through the site by members of the project team.
The event forms part of Build UK’s Open Doors Week when the construction industry provides public access to their work sites to raise awareness of local projects and career opportunities.
Tommy McPake, Network Rail programme manager, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is undergoing a significant transformation and we are pleased that we can offer members of the public a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the work that is going on.
“The last major redevelopment of the station was nearly 50 years ago and we don’t often have the chance to open up our worksites to the public so this is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of railway and Glasgow history in the making.”
Barry Nicol, Balfour Beatty senior project manager, said: “We have reached a key stage in our construction programme so there is lots to see as we install the steelwork that will support the roof of the new station concourse.
“Visitors who join the tour will have a unique chance to experience the sights and sounds of a live construction site and to meet members of the project team involved in this challenging build.”
Work to redevelop Glasgow Queen Street started in September 2017 and is ongoing until Spring 2020. The station, which is the third busiest in Scotland, is remaining open throughout the works.
The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) – a Scottish Government investment in the railway infrastructure to upgrade and electrify the network between the two cities.
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