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The refurbished Waverley Steps at Edinburgh Waverley Station have reopened to the public completing the first phase of a multi-million-pound project to overhaul the station’s Princes Street entrance.

The historic station steps have been rebuilt, and three banks of double escalators installed, as part of a £7m contract to improve access at the station.

Two 16-passenger lifts will be installed, connecting the top of the Princes Mall with the station platforms below. The new lifts will be completed by July 2012.

Says David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, ‘The new steps will vastly improve access to the station for passengers, especially less mobile travellers. The refurbishment has delivered a modern gateway to one of the country’s oldest stations which is also sensitive to the heritage and history of the building and those around it.’

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