NR plans for growth in Scotland

Major changes are needed to accommodate longer and more frequent services – including extra platforms, tracks and a new tunnel at Edinburgh Waverley – as the number of passenger journeys continues to rise.

The 20 week closure of Glasgow Queen Street was competed on August 7 when services began using the terminus again for the first time since March 20. During the closure the platforms have been extended to accommodate longer trains and the approach tunnel has been refurbished. New tracks have been laid and all lines electrified as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme. This is a view on July 29 as new signalling was being installed. Jonathan McGurk
The 20 week closure of Glasgow Queen Street was competed on August 7 when services began using the terminus again for the first time since March 20. During the closure the platforms have been extended to accommodate longer trains and the approach tunnel has been refurbished. New tracks have been laid and all lines electrified as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme. This is a view on July 29 as new signalling was being installed. Jonathan McGurk

Network Rail has developed plans to cope with rising passenger growth in Scotland, where the number of journeys has doubled over the last two decades to 96 million in 2015 and is expected to continue.

It is part of NR’s licence condition to provide sufficient capacity for future train services, and so the infrastructure owner has undertaken a route study that covers expected demand over the next 30 years.

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