REVAMP OF GLASGOW TRAIN STATION APPROVED

Plans to revamp one of Glasgow’s busiest train stations have been approved by the Scottish Government.

Glasgow Queen Street station is part of the city councils Buchanan Quarter project to update some parts of the city centre by the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and finish all redevelopment plans by 2015.

This week the Scottish Government said they would allow the council to borrow up to £80 million using the tax incremental financing scheme – in the hope of adding another £310 million in private investment to finish the project.

Plans to link the station with the nearby Buchanan Galleries shopping centre as well as create a new mezzanine level food court and update the car park facilities hope to make the train station more user-friendly and modern.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland handling more than 19 million passengers a year and the proposals announced today will deliver a more modern station with enhanced retail and leisure facilities for those travellers.”

Users of the Hidden Glasgow Forum have been positive about the proposed changes for the area, saying: “Queen Street Station’s roof, its stand out feature, would be dug out from behind a mess of 60’s concrete.”

Another user saying: “It will be good to see the exquisite arch exposed to daylight once again.”
Regeneration of George Square, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, the Cathedral Street Bridge and Buchanan Street are also part of the project which will create around 1,500 jobs.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Big building projects like Buchanan Quarter are not just about the improved infrastructure we gain at the end, they are about the employment and the training that takes place during construction.”

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