Final phase of platform extensions for Queen Street

Network Rail is advising passengers that platforms 4 and 5 at Glasgow Queen Street will close from mid-September to mid-October, as engineers deliver the final phase of platform extension work as part of the station’s multi-million-pound redevelopment.

Following the recent completion of extensions to platforms 2 and 3, Network Rail will now undertake the same activity to platforms 4 and 5.

Extending both platforms by 26 metres enables longer trains of up to eight carriages to use the station – providing more seats for passengers.

As part of the £120m project to enhance and expand Scotland’s third-busiest station, platforms 4 and 5 will close from Monday, September 16 and reopen for the start of service on Monday, October 14.

During the platform closure, engineers will dig out sections of the concourse, rebuild sections of the platform walls, lay new track and connect it to the existing infrastructure, extend overhead power lines, install coping stones, and carry-out re-surfacing works.

The majority of train services into the High Level station will be unaffected during the four-week closure. However, there will be alterations to some services, on the following routes:

  • Glasgow Queen Street – Anniesland
  • Glasgow Queen Street – Edinburgh (via Cumbernauld & Falkirk Grahamston)
  • Glasgow Queen Street – Aberdeen & Inverness

Kevin McClelland, route delivery director for infrastructure projects, said: “Enabling longer trains to use Queen Street by extending platforms to deliver increased capacity will help the station expand to meet projected growth in passenger numbers.

“When the extension of platforms 4 and 5 is finished, it will mark a significant milestone in the station’s redevelopment as it will be the last element of platform works.

“While we appreciate this is inconvenient in the short-term, we continue to work closely with our ScotRail colleagues to minimise disruption for passengers.”

In advance of the platform work, engineers will undertake preparatory work to the front of platforms 4 and 5, including the installation of foundations to support the new overhead line equipment.

After the platform work, activity will then focus on the substantial fit-out of the internal areas on the new concourse, ahead of the project completing in spring 2020.

Full details of the changes to services during the delivery of the platform work can be found at: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/glasgow-queen-street-redevelopment

The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) – a Scottish Government investment in the railway infrastructure across central Scotland.

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