Major work on Commonwealth Games station starts
Main work has started on Dalmarnock Railway Station’s new £11 million terminal, which is to be operational in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, eveningtimes.co.ukreports.
Situated in the east end of Glasgow, near Celtic Park, the new building will replace the existing station in Swanston Street and is being built on Dalmarnock Road. The new entrance will open out directly opposite the new Commonwealth Arena, itself a work in progress.
Cladding to be used to create a modern, sleek appearance.
Funds will be spent on the construction of a pedestrian footbridge and providing updated customer information/ communication systems. The new facility will feature improved platform resurfacing and new cladding. Wall cladding can not only insulate a building but it can also create a modern, sleek appearance.
Additionally, plans for the transport hub include the provision of disabled parking spaces and a new lift to both platforms. Currently wheelchair passengers are unable to easily use the station as there is no step-free access.
Restoration and refurbishment work
In order that the construction work can be carried out as efficiently as possible, the existing station will be closed to the public from 3 June. Services will resume on 25 November, but until such time, commuters and those visiting Celtic Park for football matches can use Bridgeton station, situated less than one mile away.
David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, is pleased with work carried out so far, which included site clearance and the restoration of overhead encased steel beams. He told breakingtravelnews.com:
“The project is progressing to time and on-budget and once complete, the new Dalmarnock station will provide visitors with a first-class welcome to the local area.”