Queen Street Station revamp unveiled
September 27 2011
The multi-million-pound redevelopment project, designed to complement the expansion of the Buchanan Galleries shopping complex, will transform the appearance and facilities of the station to create a landmark mixed-use development incorporating both the current station footprint and the airspace above the station car park.
New entrances from Cathedral Street and the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre will be created, and the 1960s front entrance will give way to a modern glass frontage.
Inside the train station there will be an extended concourse, access to a new mezzanine level food court, and an atrium link into the extended Buchanan Galleries shopping centre. The mezzanine and food court will be created in the air space above the current station car park, while that car park will be replaced with a better designed, modern transport interchange and multi-storey parking facility.
David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland handling more than 19 million passengers a year and the proposals announced today will deliver a more modern station with enhanced retail and leisure facilities for those travellers.
“The Buchanan Partnership’s exciting plans for the station will also greatly enhance the appeal of the wider city centre to rail passengers and shoppers alike and this partnership allows Network Rail to redevelop this important station in a cost-effective way and generate additional revenue which we can reinvest in the nation’s railways.”
Lester Hampson, head of retail, Land Securities, said: “The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station will create a world-class integrated transport hub and is an important element in progressing our aspiration to enhance and expand the Buchanan Quarter, cementing Glasgow’s position as the top retail and leisure destination outside London.”
Work will begin in 2013, and is expected to be completed by 2015. There will be some improvements at the station entrances prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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