GLASGOW’S Anderston Station is to re-open in early June following ‘critical’ work on its entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms, Network Rail has announced.
The city centre station has been closed since March 13 as part of the ongoing closure of the Argyle line to deliver a £32 million project to repair and renew tunnels, bridges and tracks between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre.
Normal services on the line are expected to resume on May 8, however Network Rail said that trains will not stop at Anderston until June 5. It explained that extending the closure of the station will allow for the ‘most critical’ work to be finished earlier and reduces the overall time to renovate the station by 12 weeks.
Once complete, Network Rail said the station will feature a lift for better customer access, a remodelled booking office and modern finishes on the stairs, floors and ceilings. Work will also see improvements to the outside area to the station, with a new-look glazed entrance and enhanced external lighting.
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said, “We’re making these improvements as part of our commitment to becoming a better railway for our customers.
“The enhancements to the entrance, booking office, concourse and platforms will result in an improved passenger experience in the station. And the new lift will make access to and from the platforms easier, particularly for those with mobility difficulties.
“By keeping the station closed until June 5, beyond the re-opening of the wider Argyle line, we’re able to complete the work sooner, meaning passengers can reap the benefits of an improved station sooner.
“We fully appreciate that the closure of the station will mean customers have to plan ahead. During this time, I’d encourage customers to use other stations nearby and I’d like to thank them for their continued patience.”
David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, added, “If you use Anderston station then these improvements are going to make a big difference to your travel experience.
“The great news is that by keeping the station closed for a few extra weeks we’ll be able to modernise the entrance, concourse, and platforms more quickly.
“Customers will start enjoying their new surroundings from June and we thank you all for your patience while these essential enhancements are completed.”