Glasgow Queen Street station rebuild goes out to tender
Tenders have been invited for the £112m reconstruction of Glasgow Queen Street station, the third busiest station in Scotland. Queen Street currently handles 20m passengers a year but this is projected to increase to 28m passengers a year by 2030. The rebuild will deliver a larger, purpose-built facility capable of handling this increase in capacity while retaining the best of the station’s Victorian character.

Due for completion in 2019, the redevelopment will reflects Queen Street’s role as a gateway to the city and as an important departure point for visitors heading north and east.

At part of the rebuild, the platforms and concourse are to be extended to accommodate the faster, longer, trains that have been ordered as part of the £742m Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The project will include:

  • Demolition of Consort House
  • Removal of the canopy over the footway in Dundas Street
  • Redevelopment of the station concourse, south and west façades, including reconstruction and extension of station buildings
  • Improved station entrances at Dundas Street and George Square
  • New lighting and public address systems
  • New ticket office and staff accommodation block, and
  • Construction of extended platforms to accommodate eight-car trains.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “We are confirming that one of our busiest and most important stations will be transformed, making it larger and with much better facilities for our growing number of customers.”

Major upgrade of Bank Tube station given the green light
The Department for Transport has granted a Transport and Works Act Order for a large programme of work to upgrade Bank station. London Underground is now progressing the plans, with construction likely to begin in April or May and completion scheduled for 2021.

Bank is the third busiest station on the Tube network. Used by over 52m passengers a year, it has already seen demand rise by 50% over the last 10 years, and with London’s population set to grow from 8.6m today to around 10m by 2030 demand is likely to continue growing.

The £563m upgrade includes reconfiguring the station to reduce conflict between different flows of customers, to reduce the need to go up and down stairs, and to provide 40% more capacity.

The work will include a new railway tunnel and platform for the Northern line. Step-free access is to be provided to the Northern line and DLR platforms, with more direct routes and two new moving walkways. There will be 3 new lifts and 12 new escalators, and a new station entrance in Cannon Street.

The majority of construction is to take place behind the scenes while the station remains open to customers. Efforts are also being made to minimise the impact on the historically significant site, which is bordered by 31 listed buildings.

New Coventry and Nuneaton stations open
As part of a £13.6m investment to improve rail services between Coventry and Nuneaton, two new stations have been opened at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton and at Coventry Arena. Further improvements are planned for the Coventry to Leamington Spa line, including a new platform at Coventry and a new station at Kenilworth.

Customer information upgrade completed across Greater Anglia
The project to upgrade customer information screens on platforms across the Abellio Greater Anglia region has been completed. 144 older-style screens have been replaced with new ones featuring the latest LED technology to display train running information in a clear, easy to read format and to reduce energy consumption.

Waterloo leads as Europe’s busiest station
According to analysis by The Independent, London Waterloo is Europe’s busiest station, and is likely to be the first to reach a combined total of 200m passengers a year. The number of Tube users are likely to exceed 100m by the end of 2015 with rail passengers approaching the same level. Gare du Nord in Paris is second with 180m, third is London Victoria and King’s Cross/St Pancras is fourth.

Leeds station southern entrance completed
The new £20m southern entrance to Leeds railway station has opened to the public, improving access to the developing South Bank area. Leeds is one of the busiest rail stations outside of London, catering for 100,000 travellers a day. The scheme is expected to benefit some 20,000 users each day, reducing commuting times by five minutes a journey.