Led in partnership by Network Rail, Transport Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council, The Waverley Masterplan Concept will form a framework for the evolution of the station, supporting Edinburgh’s civic improvement and economic growth.
We understand that you will have many questions about the proposed new concept design for the Waverly masterplan and have tried to answer them below.
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What is being announced?
Network Rail’s plans to develop and improve Waverley Station have reached an important part of the process, with a masterplan concept chosen. The work to date has been undertaken collaboratively with Transport Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council and selected following an extensive consultation process, which included statutory consultees and key stakeholders, especially heritage organisations.
Who will pay for the delivery of these plans once agreed?
We will be exploring funding sources as part of the next stage development including private/public partnership.
What was the process and consultation that got you to this point?
The Waverley Masterplan conducted considerable engagement with the public in March and April of last year to gain their opinions on the pros and cons of the current station and gather any other comments. There has also been meetings and workshops with key stakeholders including, neighbors, transport, accessibility, active travel and heritage bodies.
What does that actually mean for the station?
The concept design shows a new mezzanine level in the station that will provide better access to and integration between the station and the city through improved fully accessible entrances, increased concourse space for passengers, extended platforms, new passenger amenities and an all-round improved user experience.
What will be the major changes to the station you are proposing?
Providing extra space with a new mezzanine level, improving access to the station by both improving the current entrances and providing new ones. This will also enable better links to integrated transport and active travel as outlined in City of Edinburgh Council’s City Centre Transformation. The masterplan team and the city will work to explore these improvements and present further details as they become available.
What is the next stage of this process?
All the feedback from the initial engagement process will be utilized to assist us in maturing and developing the next stage of the preferred option, looking at the environmental, engineering and historical elements. Our team will then progress the design and prepare it for the next stage of the engagement process.
When will we see the next development of the design?
At present no date has been set as we have to undertake considerable surveys and begin to develop the concept. Once that process has been completed, we will again engage with our stakeholders and present the matured designs to everyone.
When will the new station be completed?
This is the first step in transforming the station and creating the vision we have for our passengers and the wider city. We estimate the masterplan will be fully implemented over a 20 year period. We will phase works over that time to offer incremental improvements to the station and passengers.
Is there actually any requirement for these works following the reduction of passenger numbers following C19?
There is no underestimating the impact that C-19 has had on our current passenger numbers, but the railway is a crucial part of our public transport infrastructure and we expect the passengers levels to return to pre covid levels in the next few years
Edinburgh’s cultural and historical importance will see people from around the world return to the city and we want to a deliver a station that can meet operational requirements for the longer term and deliver a fantastic user experience for everyone
Are there any other works happening at Waverley in the near future?
There are a number of schemes in development to improve the capacity and performance of the rail network around Edinburgh, Lothian and more widely in South East Scotland. As well as complimenting the redevelopment of Waverley Station these schemes also fit with Scotland’s wider decarbonisation plan
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