Close up of Glasgow Queen Street Station exterior

Glasgow Queen Street station

Delivering a modern and fully accessible transport hub at Glasgow’s gateway to Scotland.

The redeveloped station, which is due for completion in 2020, will give passengers:

  • A contemporary building both internally and externally
  • An expanded concourse
  • Improved, fully accessible, entrances on Dundas Street and George Square
  • New station facilities including accessible toilets, lost property and ticket office as well as space for retail
  • Extended platforms to accommodate longer trains of up to eight carriages

Video shows CGI impression of Glasgow Queen Street station redevelopment

The £120m redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) – a Scottish Government-investment in the railway infrastructure across central Scotland

Transforming for the future 

Glasgow Queen Street station is Scotland’s third busiest railway station, providing rail connections to and from the city to the wider Glasgow area as well as throughout the country.

Popular amongst commuter and leisure travellers, the number of people using the station is set to increase by 40 per cent to reach 28m by 2030. To manage this growth in passenger numbers, work is now underway to create a spacious and accessible transport facility that has been carefully designed to be a positive and prominent addition to Glasgow’s historic George square.

Creating space to expand the station

Glasgow Queen Street station was last re-developed between 1969 and 1973. The modernisation involved the demolition of station buildings dating back to the mid 19th century.

At this time an eight-floor office building - Consort House – was constructed along with an extension to the adjoining hotel.

In 2017 Network Rail secured powers, through the Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Act, to compulsorily purchase Consort House and the Millennium Hotel extension. In October 2018, work was completed to demolish these buildings, making way for the new station frontage, concourse and entrances and new longer platforms being delivered as part of the station’s redevelopment.

Video shows a time lapse of the demolition works.

Image 1: Consort House is wrapped in a protective sheeting to contain dust and reduce noise during demolition

Image 2: A light-weight excavator breaks through concrete and other debris on the roof of Consort House. 

Image 3: A remote-controlled light-weight excavator breaks through the concrete roof of the eight story Consort House building.

Making way for longer trains

In addition to providing more space for passengers to move around within the station, the redevelopment will also lengthen some platforms to permit the operation of eight carriage trains on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High Route.

Preparatory work to lengthen platforms 2-5 took place during a station closure in August 2016 while Glasgow Queen Street station’s tunnel was being renewed. During this time, the ground below the existing concourse was excavated to clear space for longer platforms. This was temporarily covered to allow the station to reopen and will be revisited in 2019 when the main platform works begin.

Platform 1

In May 2018, the redevelopment team completed a six month project to extend platform 1 by 50 metres, providing additional space for longer four-carriage trains.

Work started in November 2017 with the demolition of the former ticket office and staff accommodation block to clear the space needed to lengthen the platform. During the project, engineers worked over 11,500 hours to remove more than 4,000 tonnes of demolition material before laying 200 tonnes of ballast, 35 metres of new sleepers and rails, and installing overhead power masts.

Image 1: An excavator digs out and lifts debris to prepare the foundations for a longer platform 1.

Image 2: In May 2018, Platform 1 was extended to accommodate longer four carriage trains.

Image 3:  The completion of Platform 1 extension is the first key milestone for the project team

Image 4: A train arrives into platform 1 as engineers work behind the buffers to clear space needed for the platform extension

Contact us

If you’re interested in finding out more about this project, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

On Twitter: @NetworkRailGQS

Email: GlasgowQueenStreet@networkrail.co.uk

Network Rail is part of the ScotRail Alliance, working together with ScotRail to build the best railway that Scotland has ever had. Read more about ScotRail's services from Queen Street here

Image 1: A CGI reveals the new station design for George Square.

Image 2: The new concourse will provide additional space for the station’s increasing passenger numbers.

Image 3: The new station will feature a glass frontage with improved, fully accessible entrances on Dundas Street and George Square.