£55 million-worth of contracts associated with the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP):
- Morgan Sindall will construct a new £25 million station at Haymarket, in Edinburgh, to create a fully accessible station as well as an integrated train, tram, bus and taxi transport hub.
- BAM Nuttall is to reconstruct or remove a number of structures around the central belt in a £27 million project
- Carillion will deliver a range of track alterations, also in the central belt, in a deal worth £3 million.
The contracts, all of which will see work commence in 2012, form part of the
£1 billion EGIP scheme. EGIP will also see the electrification of 350km of the existing rail network in the central belt, including the main Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Queen Street line, and provide opportunities to increase services and reduce journey times on routes between Alloa and Dunblane and Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Funded by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the new infrastructure is being financed through Network Rail’s Regulatory Asset Base.
Handling four million passengers a year, Haymarket is Scotland fourth busiest station and passenger numbers are expected to reach ten million by 2025.
Work will begin on site in spring 2012 and enhancements will include:
- Refurbishing the existing station building and constructing a new modern concourse to the west of the existing building
- Constructing a new access bridge, with DDA-compliant lifts and escalators, to all platform levels
- Renewing the platform canopies.
The bridgeworks will involve the reconstruction of 18 structures and the removal of two redundant bridges on lines around the central belt. The works will prepare the way for the future electrification of the railway. Track works are also being delivered on lines around the central belt to facilitate future electrification works.