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April 4 2016

£41m Edinburgh Gateway railway station takes shape
Work to deliver Edinburgh’s newest railway station, a £41m halt at Gogarburn, is proceeding apace with twin 265m long platforms capable of handling ten car trains beginning to emerge.

Edinburgh Gateway Station, designed by IDP Architects, is scheduled for completion in December, enabling passengers from the north and Fife to access to access the airport and tram network.

Part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement programme the project will also include connections to the Gyle Centre via a new underpass alongside improvements to the Gogar roundabout.

The new station is being delivered by Balfour Beatty and Lakesmere and takes the form of a steel frame sheathed in Econic boards manufactured by Duncryne.

IDP previously delivered a revamp of Haymarket Station.

10 Comments

clive
#1 Posted by clive on 4 Apr 2016 at 11:29 AM
41M for a halt?
Not even grown up enough to be called a station?

Look at all the hoo-hah that an entire parliament wasn't delivered for 40M!!
shiny beast
#2 Posted by shiny beast on 4 Apr 2016 at 13:20 PM
I once designed a building requiring a railway siding in the mid nineties. The design fee alone for the signalling works was £350K.
A 'closed shop' I'm guessing
Cyril Sneer
#3 Posted by Cyril Sneer on 4 Apr 2016 at 15:40 PM
Maybe someone can clear this up for me...

"enabling passengers from the north and Fife to access to access the airport and tram network."

To get to the airport currently via rail from North of the FRB, it requires a fairly quick journey to Haymarket then a tram out to the airport.

How is this £40m justified???
Mike
#4 Posted by Mike on 5 Apr 2016 at 09:19 AM
It's building capacity on the network as part of Edinburgh's western expansion which will include thousands of new homes and businesses. Taking new public transport hubs to areas before they are built which is complete common sense. It's also reducing journey times to the airport if you are travelling from the north by around 20 minutes saving you having to go all the way into Haymarket. If you are on business, coming from as far as Inverness or Aberdeen, that's a big boost on convenience and traveltime. Longer term there was an additional rail spur planned at Dalmeny/Kirkliston connecting the station to the main line to Glasgow via Winchburgh, again connecting the airport without the need to drive to it. Complete no brainer and money well spent. All of the countries railway projects are expensive. This one has added complexities as it is a rail, bus tram and core path/cycleway transport hub all in one.
Clive
#5 Posted by Clive on 5 Apr 2016 at 09:23 AM
i would agree that a halt here for all stops North is very beneficial.
the 'fairly quick' in and out journey would add AT LEAST 30 minutes, all things considered. The 40m does make it a laughable proposal, however!
The new Forth Crossing probably costs significantly less per linear metre!
Gary Wallace
#6 Posted by Gary Wallace on 5 Apr 2016 at 20:45 PM
All this when Glasgow Airport has no rail link what so ever connecting it to the city centre. A major airport and you can only go by road, that's an embarrassment to both the Scottish and Westminster Governments.
Mike
#7 Posted by Mike on 6 Apr 2016 at 10:31 AM
@#6 The Glasgow city deal announcement last year appears to suggest there is progression for the airport link to be delivered there. The Aberdeen City deal also seems to suggests improved public transport access to its airport.
bonvivant
#8 Posted by bonvivant on 7 Apr 2016 at 16:28 PM
I and many others argued for this concept years ago instead of the ten times more expensive tram link, which is now effectively redundant. Did anyone in power listen to us?
Neil
#9 Posted by Neil on 12 Apr 2016 at 10:55 AM
#8 This hardly makes the tram redundant - you'll still need it to get from the new station to the airport itself, unless you fancy a 45 minute walk with your luggage (or a nice stroll along the runway).
Bonvivant
#10 Posted by Bonvivant on 14 Dec 2016 at 13:45 PM
#9 A shuttle bus would have been somewhat cheaper than a tram line; by about £500m.

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