The Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Order triggers the latest phase of this ambitious improvement programme which, on completion, will give one of Scotlandâ€™s key rail hubs a major facelift.
The main provisions of the order enable Network Rail to undertake enhancements to accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers. On completion the new station will deliver a fully accessible transport facility, improved access to an expanded concourse, enhanced passenger facilities, increased capacity and longer platforms.
Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands, said: â€œThe Scottish Government is delivering the most ambitious programme of rail investment ever seen in Scotland, committing over Â£5 billion across the current funding period. Approval of this TAWS Order allows Network Rail to undertake significant enhancements to Glasgow Queen Street Station.
â€œThis continued investment in our key rail hubs will not only accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers, it will also improve the overall service experience. Coupled with new longer, faster, greener Class 385 trains coming later this year and a full fleet refurbishment, we are doing what we can now to deliver a Scottish rail industry for the future, one which encourages even more people opt to get out their cars and onto trains.â€