New plan for Waverley Station, Edinburgh
Consultations with stakeholders will take place this autumn on the Waverley Station Masterplan that is being led by Arup with a group of highly experienced professionals for Scotland's second busiest station.
Led in partnership by Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council, the Waverley Masterplan will take shape over the next 12 months and will consider future growth at the station, the impact of city centre developments, urban planning trends and how Waverley can be enhanced to support and encourage the success of Scotland's capital city.
Arup's team of experts will include Grimshaw Architects as well as Allan Murray Architects, real estate experts, JLL, cost consultants Gardiner and Theobald, heritage professionals, Jura Consultants and consultation specialists, Streets UK.
Recommendations will be made by mid 2019 and will establish a vision for the station and be used to phase forthcoming investments.
Alex Hymes, MD of the ScotRail Alliance which includes Network Rail Scotland said: 'Waverley has seen its footfall more than double from 10 million to over 24 million within the last 10 yeears and estimates suggest that it will almost double again to 40 million by 2024. Such a steep increase is a positive indicator of the railways's economic influence on the city and a clear sign that further investment will be required.'
Arup's Project Director, Elliot Wishlade added that he was delighted to be working 'to create new and exciting facilities, spaces and infrastructure that will make this part of the city work better and be more enjoyable for everyone'.