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Haymarket Station lifts on the way

Haymarket Station lifts on the way

08 July 2010

Work gets under way this week on the installation of two lifts at Haymarket Station in Edinburgh.
 
The lifts will connect the footbridge with platforms 2/3 and with platform 4. Platforms 0 and 1 already have step-free access via a gate from the car park.

The work is due to be completed by December, in time of the start of the new Edinburgh – Helensburgh via Airdrie and Bathgate route.  This will provide four trains an hour linking Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket with Helensburgh and/or Milngavie via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level.

ScotRail is investing £1.5 million to improve facilities at Haymarket which also includes automatic doors and better cycle storage facilities.

ScotRail deputy managing director Kenny McPhail said, "The lifts will make Haymarket fully accessible for people with restricted mobility or heavy luggage at a time when higher numbers of passengers will be using the station.”

Bill Reeve, Rail Delivery Director at Transport Scotland added, “We are delighted to see the start of this project at Haymarket Station, which is being funded by ScotRail as part of its franchise agreement with Transport Scotland to improve station accessibility.

“Transport Scotland is committed to encouraging people to travel by public transport, and improving passenger access plays a key role in this.”

Infrastructure support specialist May Gurney has been appointed to manage the construction on behalf of ScotRail.

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