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Old September 7th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Haymarket Station upgrade - Under construction

Architects: IDP
Completion: New concourse opening late 2013, with full completion April 2014
Website: http://www.haymarketstationredevelopment.com/

Works involve a new concourse behind the station building and a new bridge over the platforms to increase capacity. New lifts and escalators will be installed, along with glass canopies over the platforms. In anticipation of becoming a tram interchange, a new entrance facing Haymarket Terrace and the tram stop will be formed.
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Why is Haymarket Station being redeveloped?

- It is Scotland’s fourth busiest railway station, handling over 4 million passengers each year
- Passenger numbers are expected to be approx. 10 million in the next 15 years
- Facilities and amenities are inadequate for current passenger levels
- Accessibility throughout the station does not meet acceptable standards
Some photos of current progress here.

Proposed LED lighting scheme


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Council tram update photos from earlier in the year showing progress with the station:

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Scotrail 158733 + 156434 + 170430 by Ross_Burns, on Flickr

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You beat me by 3 mins, Leki!

I'll move my Haymarket post here and ask the Mods to delete the thread I started.
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Haymarket's Tenfold Expansion

The Rail Engineer - 3rd July, 2013

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Scotland’s railways are a success story with passenger traffic increasing by 47% in the 15 years up to 2012. Edinburgh’s Haymarket station, however, has been almost too successful. Over the same period the increase has been a massive 138%. Over two million passengers now use the station each year, making it the most congested in Scotland.

Original terminus

When opened in 1842, the station was initially the terminus of the Glasgow and Edinburgh Railway before the line was completed through a tunnel and Princess Street Gardens to what is now Edinburgh Waverley station. Its ticket office is one of the UK’s oldest station buildings but, with the number of passengers now using this small building and the narrow footbridge beyond it, travelling through Haymarket station is not a pleasant experience.

With major developments planned for the area and the opening of a station tram stop next year, things can only get worse. However, Haymarket’s passengers know something big is afoot. The new, large steelwork structure above the station platforms cannot be missed and redevelopment is underway.

The last time the station had a makeover was in 1983 when the current footbridge replaced a smaller one and new platform canopies were installed. Platform 0, on the north side of the station, was provided in 2006 to give some capacity relief during the re-construction of Edinburgh Waverley station. With its high number of passengers, Haymarket was a priority for the installation of lifts to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, despite the pending station improvements. As a result, lifts to the platforms from the footbridge were installed in 2011.

Redeveloping Haymarket

The redevelopment of the station at Haymarket is part of the Scottish Government’s strategic Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme or EGIP. This aims to improve all aspects of the rail service between Scotland’s two largest cities and builds on feasibility studies drawn up by First ScotRail in 2007. With the need for capacity improvements becoming increasingly urgent, the project was taken over by Transport Scotland. A multi- discipline design team was appointed, led by the Halcrow Group as lead consultants with architectural design by IDP Architects and mechanical and electrical engineering support by SVM Glasgow.

With its grade 1 listed booking office, sensitive city location and the adjacent tram works that will provide a stop at the station, this scheme has many stakeholders including the City Council which, according to Network Rail’s project manager, Tom McPake, was very supportive. As a result, the design had a number of iterations. For example, instead of the originally-proposed copper cladding, the planning permission now requires zinc as well as black granite which will be installed by Curtis Moore. The station design also had to account for large crowds attending events at Murrayfield stadium.

The final design provides a new, 2250 square metre concourse linked to and behind the existing station building. 15% of this new concourse will be retail space and passengers will have ten times the current circulating area. Access will be either through the existing building or a new entrance adjacent to the tram stop. Platforms will be served by a new footbridge, around four times wider than the current one with lifts, steps and escalators. Special event stairs will direct crowds to Murrayfield away from the main concourse.

A new 500kVA power supply is being installed by SES Electrical Contractors in the undercroft below the new concourse, alongside the new power supply for the Edinburgh trams. Although this is twice the existing supply, there will also be new energy-saving lighting. The station will incorporate modern passenger information systems, including help pads and the use of screens to eliminate paper signs. Platforms are to be resurfaced using hot rolled asphalt with tactile copes. The canopies are to be replaced and extended to give passengers more space in bad weather, reducing boarding times.

Air filled pillow roof

An unusual feature is the ETFE Air Filled Pillow (AFP system) roof provided by Novum Structures. This uses pillows of transparent ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) material filled with dehumidified air from a central air pump which cycles as necessary. It offers the advantages of reduced weight and is sacrificial in the event of an incident. The material has been used at the Beijing Olympics and, closer to home, is currently being installed on the façade of the Scottish Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

The £25 million contract for the station works was awarded to Morgan Sindall in December 2011 and is a target cost contract. Tom McPake explained that a significant factor in the selection process was the proposed construction methodology which included the use of large cranes to lift complete steelwork assemblies into place.

When work started on site in May 2012, amongst the first items of work were temporary station alterations to create space for the new concourse and the undercroft below it. The stairs from the footbridge to Platform 1 were removed and replaced by temporary stairs away from the footbridge. It was also necessary to shorten and infill Platform 0. When the station work is complete this platform will be extended to its original length within the undercroft.

The big lifts

The footbridge steelwork was fabricated in two parts in the original station car park by contractor J&D Pierce. Critical to the project programme were the lifts for these two major components. On 17 November 2012, a 1200 ton crane was used for a 150 ton lift between Platforms 4 and 2/3. This was followed by a 110 ton lift on 22 December between Platforms 2/3 and 1 using a 1000 ton crane. During this lift there was only 3 cm between the steelwork and retaining wall. Tom McPake was impressed by the quality of the setting out with the eight legs of the structure landing precisely in position.

The steelwork was lifted with its scaffolding and working deck already in place, an example of building off-site wherever possible to minimise passenger interface and a good example of design for safety. The use of these cranes also required discussions with the Edinburgh tram project as the heavy cranes had to be moved into position across newly- laid tram tracks.

Once the new footbridge steelwork was in place, the steelwork for the concourse above the old car park was erected in situ. Tom advised that the station work involved no disruption to train services as it only required rules of the route possessions. It did involve OLE work with wires through the station being re-hung on the underside of the new building, the provision of two new portals, moving the return conductor to rail level and the shortening of Platform 0.

Keeping the station operational

The project’s main challenge was to keep the station operational, and the key to this was the daily co-ordination meeting between the train operator, the contractor and Network Rail. Tom felt that the “best measure of success was the great working relationship” from these meetings with a one-team approach to avoid passenger disruption. This included measures to minimise passenger interface with all work done above or behind hoardings, ensuring exposed platform areas were put back into public use by the next day, a good traffic management plan for deliveries, co-ordinated movement of hoardings, flyers on trains and the provision of floor walkers to direct passengers when the stairs were re-located on Platform 1.

First ScotRail is involved in the final specification of the facilities to be used by its personnel. The agreed room data sheets include such items as power points, flooring, storage, air conditioning, cash security and customer displays. Tom sees this approach as a model that will be used for forthcoming EGIP station projects at Edinburgh Gateway and Glasgow Queen Street.

Working with the community

Tom was clearly pleased with the way that the project had worked with the local community. This included visits to the local Dalry Primary School which had been involved in the placement of a time capsule at the station. The project was also working with homeless charities and was in discussion with Sustrans to ensure that the cycling community’s needs were met. The most visible aspect of this community work is a mural, commissioned by the project, which was subject to this motion in the Scottish Parliament:

“That the Parliament congratulates Network Rail on commissioning Gary Mackay, an urban artist, to create what it considers a striking mural at Haymarket Station that depicts key moments in the community’s social, cultural, sporting and artistic history; understands that the mural is part of a Scotland-wide initiative to engage urban artists in order to address unwelcome graffiti; understands that the mural also conceals the ongoing construction work that is aimed at transforming Haymarket Station into a 21st century transport hub for the city, and believes that Gary’s work might encourage people of all ages to take an interest in their community and its history.”

The work at Haymarket is visibly approaching completion. By July the footbridge and concourse will be weather-tight and the project will have moved to a fitting-out stage. The new concourse will open to passengers in December, following which finishing works, including removal of the old footbridge and lifts, will continue until April 2014. The lifts will be re-used as part of Transport Scotland’s “Access for All” programme.

From 1842 to the 21st century

Currently Haymarket’s passengers face not only an over-crowded station inside but also tram works outside. Soon they are in for a well-deserved treat comparable to that experienced by King’s Cross’s passengers last year. The tram works are due to be complete at the end of summer. In December their 1842 station building will continue to welcome them as they pass through into a 21st century station with its new concourse providing ten times the space in a modern station environment.
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You beat me by 3 mins, Leki!

I'll move my Haymarket post here and ask the Mods to delete the thread I started.
I thought that might happen at some point. Getting all those links together when I'm working on an 8 year old PC with slow internet took me ages! I would have been devastated if I'd been too late
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There's a twitter account for the Haymarket Station redevelopment @HaymarketStn which for a while was posting fairly regular photo updates from cameras on top of Rosebery House and the existing station building. Don't seem to have been any new pics for a while, but here's some old pics.

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And from the original station building

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There's a twitter account for the Haymarket Station redevelopment @HaymarketStn which for a while was posting fairly regular photo updates from cameras on top of Rosebery House and the existing station building. Don't seem to have been any new pics for a while, but here's some old pics.



Good to see that the canopies are being extended - presumably to cover the peak six carriage trains? The platforms will see a big improvement - the 80s corrugated steel box and yellow glazing had past its prime!
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Some pics of Haymarket Station taken over the last year:

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The old bridge to be removed
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There have been about 8 different stories in the Courier (Perthshire/Dundee's paper) over the summer relating to reopening the old Perth-Kinross-Inverkeithing railway.

Unofficially it seems to be their new campaign, having secured a start date and plan for A9 dualling after years of campaigning.

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Support for call to open direct Perth to Edinburgh rail route

The campaign to persuade the Scottish Government to commit £1 billion to a direct rail link between Perth and Edinburgh has received huge public support.

A petition was launched last month by Scottish Conservatives in a bid to back up the case for the investment in transport infrastructure.

Reopening the direct rail line could reduce travel times between Edinburgh and the north by up to 30 minutes.

And campaigners believe that such a link will prove vital to the future prosperity of the region, supporting its growing working population and helping to attract business to an 
increasingly vibrant Perth.

Transport Scotland has resisted calls for the project but Transport Minister Keith Brown has asked officers to look again at the issue.

In a bid to force a change of strategy, Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Liz Smith visited Kinross earlier this month to prove the public support for the cause.

More on their website: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/loc...route-1.128310
I'd be all for slashing 30 minutes off the Edinburgh-Perth-(Inverness) train journey times!
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Fantastic shots of the work at Haymarket. Marvellous stuff.
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I can't wait to see the new Haymarket (and the trams, touch wood) next time I'm back in Scotland.
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Was in one of those flats on Dalry Gait yesterday. First floor and only have phone camera so this was the best I could get:

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High speed Glasgow and Edinburgh rail link 'could make mega region'

STV News - 19th September, 2013

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Trains that can go from Glasgow to Edinburgh in under 30 minutes and on to London in two hours could boost the central belt as a world leading "mega region", according to the Scottish Transport Minister.

Keith Brown has called on the UK Government to accelerate work to bring high speed rail to Scotland, and is developing a business case for a fast line between Scotland's two biggest cities.

Mr Brown made the statement ahead of a rail industry conference being held on Thursday.

The plans for 140mph trains between Scotland’s two largest cities come as the UK Government presses ahead with £42.6bn HS2 proposals to connect London to the Midlands and northern England.

Mr Brown said: "Professor Richard Florida, renowned as one of the world's top ten influential thinkers, sees Scotland's central belt as having the potential to be one of the world's 40 economic 'mega regions'. It is only logical that the high speed rail network connects with this region to capitalise on its potential.

"Scotland's economic output is already higher than any area of Britain outside of London and the South East, it simply makes sense to extend the high speed network further north, the sooner the better. By encouraging further income generation, skills, universities and creativity, we can strengthen the region as one of the great economic hubs of the UK and the world.

"A further driver for high speed rail is the absolutely necessity to increase capacity on our main railway lines, including to Scotland. There is already significant growth in cross border passenger and freight markets; we need to plan now for future demands. While the Scottish and UK Governments are already working together to consider options for linking Scotland to a high speed rail network, this work must be accelerated."

He added: "In the meantime, we are progressing a business case to build high speed rail in Scotland, bringing those benefits forward and providing the opportunity to link Edinburgh and Glasgow with a sub 30 minute journey time.

"This is a real opportunity to shake up current thinking on the way forward for HS2 and to present as robust a case as can be developed. There is a bigger and better case for high speed rail than has been made by the UK Government so far. By planning now to connect Scotland to a high speed network, we can put to bed these arguments about costs and benefits."
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Waverley station tours to mark new history book

Edinburgh Evening News - 27th September, 2013

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The colourful history behind Waverley Station’s impressive location between Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns is being laid bare in a new book.

Historian and author Dr Ann Glen has penned the first stand-alone publication looking exclusively at Waverley’s past.

The 144-page book, Edinburgh Waverley: A Novel Railway Station, explains the reasons for the site’s unconventional layout and brings to life some of the characters once associated with the station.

Dr Glen will lead free tours around Waverley this weekend to mark her book’s publication and Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day. The hour-long tours will give visitors a rare insight into the inner workings of the *station.

The author said few people knew that Waverley originally referred to three stations, not just the one that exists today.

She said: “The station had a complicated history involving three railway stations at one stage, with not all of them getting on as smoothly as one might hope in the circumstances. Out of that, the Waverley station emerged, notwithstanding the difficulties of the site.

“It’s really squashed in between Castle Rock, the crag and tail that follows down the Royal Mile and also what has become the territory of the New Town and Princes Street. Calton Hill also helps to jam it in. It is a very constricted site.”

Former railway engineer John Miller, who told a Scottish Parliament in the 1860s he had never been so “apprehensive” coming into any station as Waverley, is among the figures chronicled in the book.

Network Rail Scotland route managing director David Simpson said: “What fascinates me most is the stories of the individuals who are brought to life – both those who have had such a profound influence on the appearance and operation of the station and those who are simply passing through. The stories of courage and sacrifice demonstrated by railway workers in both world wars are also incredibly touching.”

Dr Glen’s book covers the evolution of the station from the 19th century through to the major overhaul carried out in the past three years. A refurbished glass roof unveiled earlier this year under a £130 million transformation being carried out by Network Rail is one of the most significant design changes.

Tour groups will be taken all over the station, including Waverley Steps, the Calton Road access and old dock platforms.

• Both tours on Saturday and Sunday run from 10am. Those wanting to take part can e-mail [email protected], or meet at the information point on the main concourse. Edinburgh Waverley: A Novel Railway Station can be bought from WH Smith at Waverley Station or from Lily publications.
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Channel Tunnel train company Eurostar bids to run east coast main line

STV News - 30th September, 2013

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Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar is bidding to operate the east coast London to Scotland rail route.

Eurostar is launching a joint bid with French company Keolis to run the East Coast line.

The successful bidder for East Coast, which has been operated in the public sector since 2009, is expected to be announced in October 2014, with the new franchise starting in February 2015.

Eurostar would take a minority share in the Keolis-Eurostar consortium.

Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: "By joining forces with Keolis, we bring a unique blend of expertise and innovation with a fresh perspective.

"The East Coast franchise is a vital economic artery and a key route for both business and leisure passengers which represents an exciting opportunity for future growth and investment."

East Coast has been run under the control of the Department for Transport since November 2009 after National Express pulled out.

Its return to the private sector has been opposed by Labour and rail unions who have pointed out the company offers good value for money for taxpayers.

Keolis, which is majority owned by French rail company SNCF, has considerable experience in UK rail. It jointly operates four franchises - Southern, Southeastern, London Midland and TransPennine Express. Keolis also operates the NET network.

Keolis UK chief executive Alistair Gordon said: "I believe that our ability to draw upon an international track record of delivering complex long-distance services, coupled with Eurostar's reputation for customer excellence, is a unique proposition."
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Looks like they put up a few new photos up at @HaymarketStn last month. Here's the most recent two:


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What sort of passenger numbers does Haymarket get? How does it compare to Partick or Paisley Gilmour Street, for example?
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What sort of passenger numbers does Haymarket get? How does it compare to Partick or Paisley Gilmour Street, for example?
The numbers for all stations are on wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_railway_station
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley...ailway_station
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partick_station

Haymarket is estimated to increase to approximately 10 million by 2030.
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