A concourse with longer platforms and double the circulation space will greet passengers arriving at Glasgow Queen Street station for next month’s COP26 climate change conference, after completion of a £120 million rebuild.
Started in 2017, the upgrade included the demolition of 1970s-era buildings to make space for the expanded concourse. Platform 1 has been extended through demolition of the old staff accommodation and travel centre on Dundas Street, while Platforms 2-5 have all grown by 26 metres to accommodate Class 385 electric multiple units.
As well as a new travel centre and toilets, the refurbished station has step-free access. The new frontage, with 310 glass panels, was completed in 2019.
A ceremony took place on October 4 to mark the official completion of the project. Attendees included the station’s General Manager Margaret Hoey, who won the Outstanding Personal Contribution (Management) prize at RAIL’s National Rail Awards in September (RAIL 940).
The redevelopment also picked up NRA ‘Highly Commended’ mentions in the Major Project of the Year and Outstanding Teamwork categories.