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BDP’s extended Queen Street overhaul plans unveiled

BDP’s latest and more ambitious plans to overhaul Glasgow’s Queen Street station have been revealed

The new £104 million regeneration vision follows an injection of additional funding from the Scottish government which expanded the project’s scope in the summer of 2012.

BDP’s original plans – first announced in 2011 and planned to complete in 2015 – replaced the 1960s city centre structure with a new glass façade and created a mixed-use development above the station car park.

The AJ100 practice’s latest designs – launched in a public consultation this week – include a new platform lengthening development on the station’s west side and an extended entrance into nearby George Square. Nearby Consort House would be demolished under the plans.

The expanded project is part of the Scottish Government’s £650 million Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and will expand Scotland’s third busiest station in line with expected passenger growth from 20 million today to 28 million by 2030.

Other improvements include doubling public floor space on the concourse, improving passenger circulation and replacing the 1960s entrance and the hotel extension above with a new 500m² glass frontage.

The building’s east side will also be redeveloped to extend the nearby Buchanan Galleries shopping centre and create new passengers facilities over two levels.

Scottish transport minister Keith Brown said: ‘Queen Street station is at the heart of Glasgow’s railway network and passengers using the station should enjoy an experience befitting of that role.

‘The EGIP scheme will result in 30 per cent more seats and around 20 per cent faster journey times on our flagship route. It’s already delivered the stunning new-look £25 million Haymarket station in Edinburgh and this complete transformation of Queen Street means passengers will benefit at both ends and at all points in between.

‘Before then, we’ll see the completion of electrification of the Cumbernauld line in time for the Commonwealth Games. We’re now working with partners on the scheme to see these exciting plans come to life.’

David Dickson, Network Rail’s acting route managing director for Scotland, added: ‘We want to hear what passengers think of this exciting new vision for the future Queen Street – a vision of a station which better serves passengers and Glasgow and creates a landmark development in this iconic location.

‘The new-look Queen Street will greatly enhance the city centre and we want the public to help inform the final design of a station that will serve their needs for years to come.’

The public consultation will run from today (25 February) until 31 May and a second part of the consultation will run between September and December this year.

Is it being undertaken as part of Network Rail’s application for a Transport and Works Scotland Order to acquire the powers and permissions needed to deliver the new station.





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