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Redditch branch line
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Britain’s largest train station outside London, Edinburgh Waverley has been transformed by a series of upgrades since 2008
Waverley station opened in 1846 and was rebuilt between 1892 and 1902. It lies between the old town and modern Edinburgh, adjacent to Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Princes Street Gardens.
In addition to playing a unique role in Scotland’s history, Waverley station is vital to the country’s economic success. For example, by delivering capacity for new rail lines such as the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link and Borders Railway, and supporting the Edinburgh-Glasgow improvement programme and the Intercity Express programme.
In a £130 million investment programme, Edinburgh Waverley station has been transformed to create an environment that meets passengers’ 21st century needs while preserving Waverley’s rich heritage.
Completed in 2014, the renewal programme included:
We refurbished the Waverley Steps to give the station a modern, accessible gateway that is also sensitive to the building’s heritage and history. The steps re-opened to the public in January 2012, with a range of improvements including:
To improve access further, we constructed a level walkway and installed two 16-person lifts that give step-free access between the station and Princes Street. This work was completed in May 2012.
We completed a range of infrastructure upgrades in February 2008, on time and on budget. Funded by Transport Scotland, this £150 million programme has helped to reduce congestion, increase the number of services and smooth journeys for everyone.
The upgrades included:
Ten-carriage trains are being introduced on Scotland’s East Coast routes, and eight-carriage trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow route via Falkirk. To accommodate these longer, high-capacity trains, we’ll be extending platforms 5, 6 and 12. This work is due to start in July 2016 and to be completed by December 2017.
The new Waverley Steps entrance
One of three banks of double escalators installed alongside the Waverley Steps