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  • Edinburgh Waverley station

    Britain’s largest train station outside London, Edinburgh Waverley has been transformed by a series of upgrades since 2008

  • Waverley Concourse Main

    A better, brighter station for Edinburgh

    Waverley station opened in 1846 and was rebuilt between 1892 and 1902. It lies between the old town and modern Edinburgh, adjacent to Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Princes Street Gardens.

    In addition to playing a unique role in Scotland’s history, Waverley station is vital to the country’s economic success. For example, by delivering capacity for new rail lines such as the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link and Borders Railway, and supporting the Edinburgh-Glasgow improvement programme and the Intercity Express programme.

    In a £130 million investment programme, Edinburgh Waverley station has been transformed to create an environment that meets passengers’ 21st century needs while preserving Waverley’s rich heritage.

    Renewing the station

    Completed in 2014, the renewal programme included:

    • Replacing the 34,000m² station roof with clear, strengthened glass to shed new light on the station concourse and platforms
    • A new Market Street entrance to increase the public’s access to the station
    • Refurbishing the station concourse and main building exterior, including improving passenger facilities
    • Improvements to Platforms 8 and 9, including new canopies and seating
    • Repairing and repainting original ironwork features, while permanently removing non-essential station furniture, buildings and redundant high-level walkways

    Waverley Steps redevelopment

    We refurbished the Waverley Steps to give the station a modern, accessible gateway that is also sensitive to the building’s heritage and history. The steps re-opened to the public in January 2012, with a range of improvements including:

    • Eight shorter flights of steps with a central handrail replacing the previous five flights
    • Three banks of double escalators as an alternative to using the steps for the 40ft ascent
    • A glass and steel canopy over the steps and escalators to protect passengers and station visitors from the elements.

    To improve access further, we constructed a level walkway and installed two 16-person lifts that give step-free access between the station and Princes Street. This work was completed in May 2012.

    Completed infrastructure works

    We completed a range of infrastructure upgrades in February 2008, on time and on budget. Funded by Transport Scotland, this £150 million programme has helped to reduce congestion, increase the number of services and smooth journeys for everyone. The upgrades included:

    • Two new, longer platforms and the reintroduction of platform 5
    • Extensive track remodelling and new signalling, which will allow four more trains to come through the station per hour each way
    • Extra platform capacity for longer commuter services
    • A new bay platform at Haymarket station for additional services.

    Improving capacity by creating space for longer trains

    Ten-carriage trains are being introduced on Scotland’s East Coast routes, and eight-carriage trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow route via Falkirk. To accommodate these longer, high-capacity trains, we’ll be extending platforms 5, 6 and 12. This work is due to start in July 2016 and to be completed by December 2017.

  • Photos

    The new Waverley Steps entrance

    One of three banks of double escalators installed alongside the Waverley Steps