The main construction work has now begun on the creation of a new £11m station for Dalmarnock in Glasgow’s East End.
Following extensive preparatory and enabling works, Network Rail and contractors C Spencer Ltd are now building a new station on Dalmarnock Road to replace the existing facility on Swanston Street.
In order to construct the new station in a safe and secure way, the current facility will be closed to the public from 3 June 2012 to 25 November 2012.
Once complete, by the end of 2013, the station will have:
•A new, fully DDA-compliant station building (relocated to Dalmarnock Road from Swanston Street)
•Lift access to both platforms
•A new pedestrian footbridge
•New platform surfaces
•New wall cladding on both platforms
•New customer information and communication systems
The station is being redeveloped in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when it will be a key transport hub for those travelling to and from many of the Games’ events. It is also a key element of the long-term regeneration of the East End of Glasgow.
The project is being funded by Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, with an additional contribution secured through the European Regional Development Fund.
Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of Transport Scotland and the funding partners.
The first stage of the project included a programme of advanced works, including site clearance as well as restoration and painting of the 15 concrete encased steel (over-rail) beams. These works commenced on site during August 2011 and were completed during December 2011.
David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “The project is progressing to time and on-budget and once complete the new Dalmarnock station will provide visitors with a first-class welcome to the local area, during the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”
Minister for Transport, Keith Brown, added: “I’m delighted we have reached another milestone in the Dalmarnock station works. This cutting-edge transport hub will not only play a central role during the 2014 Games but help attract new businesses, commercial, housing and office developments as well as play a central role in the regeneration of Glasgow’s East End for years after.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “The redevelopment of Dalmarnock station is another sign of the regeneration of Glasgow’s East End. The improvements to the station will bring immediate benefits to local people, help transform the area and play a part in the successful delivery of the Games in 2014.”
SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan, said: “SPT has championed the station overhaul for a long time and it is great to see the work progressing at pace. It really will be a fantastic transport legacy for the Games and for Glasgow for years to come.”