Two years of transformation at Queen Street: Glasgow Queen Street glazing 1

Wednesday 30 Oct 2019

Two years of transformation at Queen Street

Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

October marks two years since Network Rail began the main £120m redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station.

Since October 2017, engineers have been working around-the-clock to transform Scotland’s third-busiest station without closing it to passengers or services.

More than 14,000 tons of material - 94 percent of which was recycled - had to be removed from the site as engineers demolished redundant 1970s buildings in front of the station to clear the way for the redevelopment

Since December 2018, the steel frame of the iconic new station building has been under construction with engineers completing the installation of 310 glass panels on the new station frontage in September.

Once complete in spring 2020, the redevelopment will revitalise the station, delivering a contemporary building with an expanded concourse almost double the size of the old station, with fully-accessible entrances on Dundas Street and George Square.

Kevin McClelland, route delivery director for capital delivery, said: “The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street will transform facilities for passengers and create the expanded station needed to accommodate longer, faster, greener electric trains.

“Our team are working hard to deliver the new station on-time for customers in spring next year.”

The redevelopment, which is being delivered by Network Rail and main contractor Balfour Beatty, is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).

EGIP is a Scottish Government investment in the railway infrastructure across central Scotland.

Glasgow Queen Street station opened in 1842, with the Victorian glass roof, which is now a category A listed structure, constructed three decades later and completed in 1878.

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