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Waverley Steps revamp unveiled

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January 30 2012

Waverley Steps revamp unveiled
A £7m project to revamp Edinburgh’s Waverley Steps concluded this morning with the historic stairwell reopening for public use.

Three banks of double escalators have been installed as part of the rebuild, sheltered beneath a steel and glass canopy, to spare rail travellers the tortuous climb.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “The new steps will vastly improve access to the station for passengers, especially less mobile travellers. The refurbishment has delivered a modern gateway to one of the country’s oldest stations which is also sensitive to the heritage and history of the building and those around it.”

This isn’t the end of the story however, plans are in train for an additional two passenger lifts to whisk passengers between the adjacent Princes Street mall and the Station below.

The station roof will also be re-glazed alongside further improvements to platforms and entrances.

Waverley Steps work was carried out by main contractor Morgan Sindall to designs by Jefferson Sheard Architects.
72 steps have been replaced by three banks of escalators
72 steps have been replaced by three banks of escalators
Bemused travellers were caught in the glare of Network Rail's roving cameraman
Bemused travellers were caught in the glare of Network Rail's roving cameraman

1 Comment

charles thomson
#1 Posted by charles thomson on 15 Feb 2012 at 09:25 AM
waverley steps. who is invented ? i remember edinburgh evening news on 23th january 1985. robert stein drawing it waverley steps escaltor(adivce) i think he was first invented drawing if you find on evening news and i got one from evening news thanks hope reply to me soon

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