by Phil Marsh

Revamped stations ready for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Published: 19th January 2014

Dalmarnock and Haymarket station upgrades completed

A major rebuilding project has been completed to transform a previously run-down station in eastern Glasgow into a transport hub fit for the crowds expected at the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Completion of the revamped Dalmarnock station has been officially marked by Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister. The £12 million scheme to develop a new glass and steel building with new ticket office, footbridge and lifts, was declared “open” by Ms Sturgeon on 6 December 2013. The work should be completed by the end of January 2014.

Although justified by the Games between 23 July and 3 August 2014, the project is also intended to provide long-term benefits for commuters and other passengers for years to come as part of the legacy of the event.

The development at Dalmarnock (for Celtic’s ground) on the Argyle Line through Rutherglen and the Low Level platforms at Glasgow Central was named Best Proposed Project at the 2012 Scottish Design Awards.

Network Rail has delivered the realisation of that proposal in a scheme funded by the Scottish Government agency Transport Scotland, together with partners Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

They said

Ms Sturgeon forecast that the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland ever hosted would be the best Games yet.

“In just a few short months, this station will play host to visitors from all corners of the world and possibly some of the best known sports stars on the planet. It is hugely exciting to see this station complete and to know what lies ahead,” she added.

“While we wish our athletes every success, the Games is much more than medals – it’s a catalyst for regeneration, innovation and for sustainable economic growth and the refurbishment of Dalmarnock station demonstrates this,” Ms Sturgeon went on.

“The Games is already providing a massive boost to reviving areas such as the east end of Glasgow and helping communities contribute to Scotland’s economic success.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: “Glasgow 2014 welcomes the completion of Dalmarnock station which will be key hub at Games time due to its proximity to a number of our venues, including Celtic Park, which will host the Opening Ceremony on July 23 along with the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, not to mention the adjacent Athletes Village.

Dalmarnock station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1 November 1895. Recent usage by around 80,000 passengers a year is expected to increase significantly.

Haymarket station £25million upgrade nears completion

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown has officially opened Haymarket station’s new main building and concourse signalling the near completion of the station’s £25m redevelopment.

The two year scheme was managed by Network Rail and kept to agreed timescales and cost to create one of the most modern and easily accessible stations on Britain’s rail network.

The new steel and glass building provides ten times the amount of public space than the old station and has room for more shops and the new main entrance offers direct access to the tram line along Haymarket Terrace.

There is also step-free access between all platforms created by a new footbridge, lifts and escalators.

They said

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The exciting £25million redevelopment of Haymarket Station marks a hugely important milestone in the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). “Network Rail and ScotRail have worked extremely well together to deliver this transformation of one of our most iconic stations on time and on budget.

“The scheme is making excellent progress and is well on the way to helping provide a more comfortable and efficient railway benefitting not just our two biggest cities, but the whole of Scotland.” Alex Sharkey, Network Rail area director for Scotland East, added: “Haymarket station is already one of the busiest in Scotland and passenger numbers are set to continue to grow in the years ahead.

“This new building will ensure the railway is able to provide first-class facilities for those passengers and the new, modern station will also complement the wider redevelopment of the city’s west end.”

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, welcomed the redevelopment of Scotland’s fourth busiest station, and said it will encourage even more people to travel by train.

He added: “More than 22 million journeys a year are already made to and from Edinburgh on ScotRail trains. That’s more than a quarter of our overall record breaking passenger numbers. The new Haymarket is a real boost for Edinburgh - and beyond, and I have no doubt the growth will continue.

Haymarket is a now a transport hub and gateway with the facilities and amenities to match and has 800 services call there each day and passenger numbers at Haymarket are expected to increase from the current 4million a year to 10million by 2030.

The work at Haymarket is part of the Scottish Government-funded Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). This is designed to electrify routes, reduce journey-times and to increase capacity across the Central Belt specifically aimed at traffic between the capital and Glasgow Queen Street.

The work should be completed in the next few months as the old footbridges still have to be removed uncluttering the station platforms.

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