Network Rail in Scotland has placed £55m-worth of contracts as the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme powers up.
Morgan Sindall will construct a new £25m station at Haymarket in Edinburgh, to create a fully accessible station as well as an integrated train, tram, bus and taxi transport hub.
BamNuttall will be working on railway structures around the central belt in a £27m project and Carillion will deliver a range of track alterations in a deal worth £3m. The contracts, all of which will see work commence in 2012, form part of the £1bn EGIP scheme.
The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme will see the electrification of 220 miles of the existing rail network in the central belt, including the main Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Queen Street line. The project is being funded by the Scottish Government.
Says David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, ‘The investment announced today will transform Haymarket, delivering a facility which will better serve customers and offer the city as a whole a station it can be proud of.
‘The track and bridgeworks contracts we have awarded also mean that preparations are well under way to deliver the electrification of rail lines in the central belt, which will cut journey times and increase capacity on key routes into Scotland’s two biggest cities.’
Haymarket is Scotland’s fourth busiest station and handles four million passenger journeys a year. This is predicted to soar to 10m by 2025.
Work at Haymarket includes refurbishment and the construction of a new modern concourse to the west of the existing building as well as a new access bridge and a spruce up for the platform canopies.