Edinburgh Waverley: designing the future for passengers
Posted byJennifer Bollen
Scotland’s second-busiest railway station is set for evolution.
A public consultation has just launched for a master plan that will shape its long-term future – for passengers and the economy.
It comes after footfall at Edinburgh Waverley has more than doubled in the last 10 years to more than 24 million. Estimates suggest this figure will more than double again to more than 49 million by 2048.
How to enhance Edinburgh Waverley to support the future success of Scotland’s capital city.
It’s a significant process for the station, which opened in 1846 and was rebuilt between 1892 and 1902. Waverley is vital to the country’s economic success, 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.
The public consultation – from Monday 25 March to Friday 26 April – will:
Mark the start of a formal consultation process
Begin a conversation with funding bodies, stakeholders and station neighbours
Work within the parameters of a wider city centre strategy
Deliver a master plan which takes into account the forecast growth in rail passenger number
Review options for the future development of the station
Offer a preferred option
Suggest options to raise funding for any proposed developments
Set out a ‘roadmap’ for approving and delivering station improvements.