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Views sought on Edinburgh rail station redevelopment

consultation on the future of Edinburgh Waverley railway station has opened.

Results of the consultation will be fed into a masterplan for the redevelopment of the city’s main station. The redevelopment is being carried out as passenger numbers at the station are set to double to 49M by 2048. 

The masterplan, which is being led by Network Rail in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, will consider anticipated growth at the station, the impact of city centre developments, urban planning trends and how Waverley can be enhanced.

Work on the masterplan is being carried out by Arup which has analysed the usage patterns of the existing station and proposed ideas to increase capacity in the long term.

Masterplan requirements include boosting passenger space to avoid crowding and congestion, improving accessibility from the Old Town, Waverley Bridge and Princes Street, and the delivery of a “modern, vibrant station for passengers, Edinburgh and Scotland”.

Early work has now been completed and views are being sought from the public on a preferred strategy.

This public engagement phase of the masterplan will run from 25 March to 26 April.

The masterplan is expected to be published in September and will be used to explore future development via phased investment over the next 30 years.

ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes said footfall at the station has more than doubled from 10M to over 24M in the last 10 years, and that with further growth forecast further investment would be required.

“The work of the masterplan team to date suggests that some ambitious improvements to the layout of the station will be required to enable Waverley to meet the future needs of the station, the city and the country.

“Before a completed Waverley Masterplan is published, we are keen to listen to the views of our customers and stakeholders. With passenger numbers continuing to grow, ‘doing nothing’ is not an option.”

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