First stage of Dundee station redevelopment unveiled
The ScotRail Alliance today (31 January) opened new-look facilities for customers at Dundee station, following investment of more than £1million.
Customers will benefit from a refurbished customer area, making the station a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train.
The concourse area between platforms 1 and 4 has seen its flooring and lighting replaced. As well as a new ceiling, modern glazing and automatic doors to the platform have been fitted.
The former waiting room has been replaced with a new ScotRail lounge. Open to all customers, the lounge offers a place to relax or work in comfort, with a mix of sofas and chairs, as well as space to work, softer lighting, and bookshelves.
Customers will also benefit from new toilets with baby changing facilities, as well as an accessible toilet.
As part of the works, a lounge is also under development for Caledonian Sleeper customers.
The ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the redevelopment of Dundee station on the platform level, with Dundee City Council constructing a brand new station building at street level. The new station includes a ticket office and hotel, as well as new lifts and escalators down to the platform level. The project is due to be completed in late spring this year, ahead of the opening of the V&A Design Museum in September.
Funding for these improvements has been provided by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Stations Fund.
Ian McConnell, the ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transformation director, said:
“We’re building the best railway Scotland’s ever had, and improving our station facilities are a key part of this.
“This major refurbishment of Dundee station by the ScotRail Alliance is a clear sign of what’s to come as the Waterfront development progresses.”
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said:
“Creating welcoming, efficient stations for passengers is key to making destinations more attractive and improving overall experiences.
“This Scottish Government investment in Dundee station is just one part of our efforts to build the best railway network Scotland has ever had. This project shapes a gateway to the city and is an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with public and private sector partners to deliver to wider regeneration goals.”
Lynne Short, convener of Dundee City Council's city development committee, said:
"The newly redeveloped railway station and concourse in Dundee acts as a gateway to the region via the waterfront regeneration project and this next piece of the jigsaw provides for people arriving in the city by train.
"The new facilities will welcome travellers and set the tone for their experience of Dundee and I am delighted that this stage is completed."
Dundee Waterfront is a £1billion regeneration project along 8km of the River Tay. Dundee Waterfront is split into 5 distinct zones and the project has secured £750million of committed investment. Major current projects include the construction of a new railway station, V&A Museum of Design Dundee, a new marina, port developments, offices, hotels, bars, shops, cafes and residential accommodation. Around 7000 new jobs will be created, providing a wide range of new opportunities for young people.