Light at the end of the tunnel

Queen Street Station
Queen Street Station

Rail commuters in the Greater Glasgow area could be impacted by major works to the Queen Street tunnel from March 20 to August 8.

The £60 million project will renew nearly 2km of ageing slab-track through Queen Street tunnel and enable faster, longer, greener 
trains to operate on Scotland’s rail network from later this year.

The 20-week closure will mean trains that would normally run in and out of Queen Street High Level will be diverted to either the Low Level or Glasgow Central. This will mean changes to existing timetables and, in many cases, longer journey times.

A dedicated webpage – www.scotrail.co.uk/QueenStreetTunnel – was launched this week to give people information.

This will be supported in the coming weeks with advertising, business briefings and customer information at stations, on trains and on
line.

Additional carriages will be added to services to provide as much extra capacity as possible and queuing systems will be in place at Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley at peak times.

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland.

“Every day, tens of thousands of people travel through the station on their way to work, to college or university or to visit friends. People will still be able to do that while the tunnel is closed – the railway is still very much open for business.

“However, they will see changes to their normal journey. We want to make sure that everyone understands what these change
 mean.”

Those travelling north should check connection - and journey times , as on some line it may take longer than usual to complete.

Peak ‘additional’ services also cannot be accommodated during the tunnel closure, so discussions are being held with local bus operators to run additional service buses at peak times.

For commuters using Anniesland Station, their service will be reduced to hourly instead of two trains per hour all day.

Services from Anniesland to Glasgow Queen Street will terminate and start from Ashfield on Sundays.