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Waverley Station masterplan concept revealed

Words: Roger Milne
Edinburgh Waverley

Designs for transforming Waverley Station in Edinburgh have been unveiled this week by partners Network Rail, the Scottish Government and the city council.

The masterplan ideas for the capital’s major station includes a large new public space on Waverley Bridge providing views of the city skyline.

As part of the design, the masterplan partners are proposing a new mezzanine concourse across the whole station that will help deliver better access to Waverley from the surrounding streets, enable the creation of fully accessible entrances and increase circulation space for passengers.

The mezzanine will also provide an opportunity to extend the operational platforms below, create new facilities to cater for future growth in passengers and services and also help improve the all-round experience for people using the station.

These proposals has been developed in collaboration with the council’s City Centre Transformation Programme to prioritise movement by foot, cycle and public transport. 

Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “We believe there is a compelling case for making ambitious changes to Waverley which will improve the station for our customers while respecting the history and heritage of this listed structure.”

Adam McVey, leader of the Edinburgh City Council, said: “These concept designs represent a significant next step for the project and for the city. They portray an accessible, connected station fit for the Scotland’s capital, and we welcome the benefits this will bring to the city centre – and to our residents, commuters and visitors.”

The masterplan steering group will now commission further technical and engineering studies to develop the plan from this concept stage, particularly to identify the most appropriate roof solution.

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