£41 mil­lion Ed­in­burgh Gate­way In­ter­change of­fers more links

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The £41 mil­lion Ed­in­burgh Gate­way in­ter­change was of­fi­cially opened by Scot­tish Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf on De­cem­ber 9, two days be­fore it opened to the pub­lic.

Lo­cated in the west of city, the in­ter­change gives ac­cess to Ed­in­burgh Air­port and is part of the Ed­in­burgh-Glasgow Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme (EGIP).

“This £41m in­vest­ment will of­fer huge ben­e­fits to rail pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to or from the Gogar area, in­te­grat­ing the rail net­work with the tram net­work and pro­vid­ing a con­ve­nient link to Ed­in­burgh Air­port,” said Yousaf. He added the pro­ject was de­liv­ered “on time and on bud­get”.

Sco­tRail Al­liance Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Phil Ver­ster said: “This new in­ter­change is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of our vi­sion for Scot­land’s rail­way.”

The sta­tion has two 265-me­tre plat­forms that can ac­com­mo­date ten-car trains. A step-free ac­cess bridge links the SR plat­forms with the tram stop via lifts and es­ca­la­tors. There is also an under­pass to the nearby Gyle cen­tre.

Trains will run to Perth, Dundee and In­ver­ness, as well as Fife. The num­ber of trains serv­ing the north west of the city in­creases from four per hour to six when com­bined with South Gyle.

Ge­orge Low­der, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Trans­port for Ed­in­burgh, added: “The open­ing of Ed­in­burgh Gate­way brings us an­other step closer to fully in­te­grated pas­sen­ger trans­port for Ed­in­burgh.

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