STA­TION NIGHT­MARE FOR TRAV­ELLERS

WARN­ING OVER NEW WORK AT QUEEN STREET

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By STE­WART PA­TER­SON

RAIL pas­sen­gers face ma­jor dis­rup­tion as more work at Queen Street Sta­tion is about to be­gin.

Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent RAIL pas­sen­gers face ma­jor dis­rup­tion as the lat­est phase of re­de­vel­op­ment work at Queen Street Sta­tion is about to be­gin.

Work to up­grade the sta­tion, part of a £100m im­prove­ment plan, will start next week­end.

It will in­volve mov­ing the sta­tion ticket of­fice, clos­ing a sta­tion en­trance, mov­ing bus stops and clos­ing a taxi rank out­side the sta­tion.

Yes­ter­day the Even­ing Times re­vealed the Cam­per­down Place pub out­side the sta­tion had shut for the last time to make way for the works and also Sains­bury’s store on the cor­ner of the sta­tion build­ing was also clos­ing down.

The work in­volves the de­mo­li­tion of the old SPT of­fice block, Con­sort House, the pub and the su­per­mar­ket.

It will al­low con­struc­tion of the new sta­tion con­course and strik­ing glass frontage of the sta­tion fac­ing Ge­orge Square.

The cur­rent ticket of­fice in­side the sta­tion will be shut from next week and moved into the for­mer Vale pub out­side on Dun­das Street.

In­side the sta­tion plat­forms will be length­ened to ac­com­mo­date longer trains to in­crease ca­pac­ity on Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh ser­vices.

The lines will be elec­tri­fied with new over­head lines in­stalled above the plat­forms.

From Sun­day Au­gust 6, a num­ber of changes will be put in place in and around the sta­tion.

Pas­sen­gers will still be able to en­ter the sta­tion via Dun­das Street to the west and Hanover Street to the east but there will be spe­cific in­struc­tions and cer­tain times through­out the work which is ex­pected to be com­plete by 2020.

The bus stops out­side on West Ge­orge Street will be closed and moved fur­ther back to the west and to the east on to Ge­orge Square.

The taxi rank on West Ge­orge Street will close but the rank on Ge­orge Square will re­main open.

The sta­tion will be sur­rounded by hoard­ings to al­low the work to take place away from pub­lic ar­eas.

Net­work Rail said the work should not af­fect ser­vices but there may have to be some changes at times through­out the work.

Rodger Querns, Net­work Rail pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Queen Street re­de­vel­op­ment, said: “We are fully com­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out these en­hance­ments as quickly as pos­si­ble and with the min­i­mum of in­con­ve­nience for the city.

“We thank sta­tion users for their pa­tience and co-op­er­a­tion as we de­liver this im­por­tant in­vest­ment in their sta­tion.”

Net­work Rail said there will be some clo­sures how­ever for up to 19 hours or 54 hours but that it would be done over week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

How Queen Street Sta­tion will look af­ter the work is com­plete

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