Network Rail announces Queen Street station revamp plan

Redeveloped Queen Street station The redevelopment of Queen Street Station is expected to be completed in 2015

Network Rail has selected the Buchanan Partnership as its partner for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station.

The project is expected to run from 2013 until 2015, with some improvements made for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A new glass frontage will be added to the station's George Square entrance.

Inside, the concourse will be extended, a new mezzanine level food court added, along with an atrium link to the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.

The Dundas Street and North Hanover Street entrances will also be redesigned and there will be a new entrance created from Cathedral Street.

'Exciting plans'

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 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."

The Buchanan Partnership is a joint venture between Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors.

Land Securities head of retail, Lester Hampson, 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."

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