Why is the station being redeveloped?
Haymarket is Scotland's fourth busiest railway station and currently handles over 4 million passengers each year. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double to approximately 10 million by 2030. The re-development of the station is required to ensure it can cope adequately with current and future projected growth and that there is enough platform space, access points, and amenities to cope with demand.
What are the plans for Haymarket Station?
Current plans will see the construction of a new station with internal and external waiting areas, and improved DDA compliance. The new, upgraded station will also operate as an integrated transport hub for Edinburgh, linking the rail network with the city’s bus and tram networks.
There are four main elements to the proposed scheme:
1. Improving the existing station building and platform accommodation
2. Creating a new station concourse and building
3. Creating a new access bridge with step free access to platform level
4. Installing new platform level canopies
Work will begin in May 2012, with an intended completion date of April 2014.
When will the work begin, and how long will it last?
Work will begin in May 2012, and parts of the new station will be operational by December 2013. The project will complete in full by April 2014.
Will the work cause any disruption?
Network Rail is committed to delivering the new station while minimising the level of disruption and inconvenience caused by construction. As the works will be carried out on an operational railway site, both daytime working and night time working is required. This is unfortunately unavoidable due to the constraints of the site.
By working day and night, the work will be carried out in a way that is both quicker and safer, as our engineers require access to the railway when trains are not running.
When engineers are working 24/7 in order to carry out the necessary works, there will be an unavoidable increase in noise and light levels.
Due to the nature of the work little can be done to mitigate against any noise pollution but, wherever possible, light dampening equipment will be used.
If work is expected to cause disruption to planned services / routes, and we know that this will be the case in advance, then we will do all that we can to communicate this to the travelling public in as far in advance as possible.
Before and during the works at Haymarket station, we will be in regular contact with residents, local businesses, and other affected groups in order that they are fully aware of what will be happening and to answer any questions they may have.
Why is 24/7 working required?
Night time working is required to deliver the works efficiently and, more importantly, safely as our engineers need to access the operational railway at a time when trains are not running.
Will the station be closed for any part of the construction works?
Currently there are no plans to shut the station at any point during the construction period, but we do not rule out the possibility that the station may have to close, due to the unpredictability of the construction process.
If the station is required to close, we will do our utmost to give the public as much notice as possible.
What noise / light pollution levels are you anticipating during the night?
We anticipate that there will be some noise and light pollution during certain periods of construction.
We will do all that we can to mitigate against noise pollution but due to the nature of the works, this will be difficult. Wherever possible however, light dampening equipment will be used.
Throughout the works at Haymarket station, we will be in regular contact with residents, local businesses, and other affected bodies in order to communicate what is going on and when.
Why is the work taking place at the same time as tram works in the area and major works at Waverley Station?
We agree that the circumstances are unfortunate but proposals for the redevelopment of Haymarket Station have been ‘active’ for about 20 years before we have got it to the point where we are ready to go on site. Although the clash with works at Waverley is unfortunate, it was decided that it was best to progress the Haymarket development as early as possible.
What benefits will EGIP bring to central Scotland when it is finished?
EGIP will now be delivered in a number of Phases. The Initial Phase, which is scheduled for completion by December 2016, will deliver electrification of the main Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High (E&G) route. End to end journey times of E&G services will be progressively reduced over the 2016 to 2018 period as the full fleet of electric trains are delivered and further infrastructure enhancements are delivered.
Will the work improve disability access?
The work will create step free access to all platforms via escalators and DDA compliant lifts. Increased space in the station generally will improve the amenity for all passengers, including those with disabilities
Will the works impact on the taxi drop-off points?
It is not expected that the works will impact on the running of the taxi rank. This is expected to operate as normal.
Will the works take into consideration summer tourism, or other major events taking place throughout the city centre?
The work has been planned in away that is sympathetic to major events and to other transport and infrastructure projects happening in the city. Due to the sheer volume of events however, it is impossible to carry out work of the scale required at the station in a way that will not have some impact on the sporting and cultural events held in the city.
Our intention is to disseminate information about the works as widely as possible in order that people will be able to plan their time in Edinburgh appropriately though we anticipate that there will be minimal disruption for those travelling ot and through the station throughout the construction phase.
What provisions will there be for cyclists at the new station?
We are looking to identify opportunities to improve cycling provision beyond the original number and to support future growth. The challenges will be finding an appropriate location and future management arrangements at the station.
Will you be putting in a new car park?
No new car park will be built as part of the redevelopment works.
The station has been designed as a public transport ‘Interchange’ which will link to the local tram and bus network, along with provisions made for cyclists. The station also hosts a taxi rank directly outside.
Will the work impact or be impacted by the Edinburgh Trams work?
No. The redevelopment of Haymarket Station is part of EGIP and wholly separate from the trams.
The re-designed station will though form an Interchange with the tram.
Are there plans for a south side exit from Haymarket station onto Distillery Lane?
A south side exit from the station onto Distillery Lane is not part of this project, but the works would not preclude future opportunities being explored and developed. However, Distillery Lane is private and in the ownership of a number of different parties.
Outwith the station the public realm is the responsibility of the Council and we are, of course, happy to be involved in any future discussions about provision of a pedestrian access route to the south of the station.
How are you communicating with residents, members of the public, and those travelling into the city to let them know about the upcoming works?
Network Rail is committed to keeping in regular contact with residents, our stakeholders, and those who may be affected by the construction process throughout the entire EGIP project.
We have been communicating with residents and community groups by mail and by leaflet distribution at Haymarket Station and to local residents and businesses, inviting them to attend a series of community drop-in meetings which will take place at the nearby Hilton Hotel, on Monday 23rd and another on Monday 30th April. These meetings will act as informal drop-ins, and provide residents the chance to come along, find out more, and ask any specific questions or concerns they have directly to the project team. We are making contact with local businesses and tourism groups through targeted letters informing them of the forthcoming re-development.
This engagement will continue throughout the works at Haymarket Station. We will also continue to be in regular contact with the local media to keep them, and subsequently the wider public, up to date with progress on site.
The EGIP website and twitter feed will also continue to act as a go-to point for regular, up-to-date information on Haymarket, and indeed the rest of the project.