Major Redevelopment planned for Queen Street Station
Published by Simon Gwynn on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:10
Network Rail have agreed proposals set out for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Queen Street Station.
The plans, which will see the existing 1960's concrete facade replaced by a gleaming two story atrium on George Square, will be carried out in partnership with the Buchanan Partnership, owners of the adjacent Buchanan Galleries.
The project will also include the redevelopment of the existing taxi rank into a 1500 multi-storey car park linked by a glass walkway to the recently expanded Buchanan Galleries, improvements to the Dundas Street and New Hanover Street entrances, a new entrance from Cathedral Street and the creation of a new mezzanine with food court above the existing car park.
As one of the busiest stations in Scotland, Queen Street Station forms the first impressions of Glasgow for many of the 19 million people that pass through the turnstiles every year. A major transport hub for tourists and business travellers alike, the station is a gateway to Glasgow and it is hoped that the redevelopment will improve visitor's initial perceptions of the City, further assisting economic development.
The modernisation of infrastructure is essential for Glasgow to compete with the top international Cities as well as those closer to home. The redevelopment of Queen Street Station, recent expansions to the number of routes from Glasgow Airport and the opening of the newly completed M80 Motorway all offer the promise of a great future for the City of Glasgow.
Work is expected to commence in 2013 and be completed in 2015 with some improvements ready in time for the commonwealth games in 2014.