Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)

Once complete, EGIP will facilitate the introduction of modern efficient electric rolling stock which will enable a cleaner greener and quieter railway with lower carbon emissions. Scotland’s commuters, business users, tourists and leisure travellers will benefit from improvements in service choice and faster journey times on modern, attractive, more energy efficient trains.

The programme will be phased, with phase one delivering the following improvements:

  • Redevelopment of Haymarket Station – Complete
  • Electrification of the Cumbernauld line in time for the Commonwealth Games and the introduction of electric trains – Complete
  • Provision of the Edinburgh Gateway Rail/Tram Interchange
  • Electrification of the core Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High Line and the opening of Edinburgh Gateway station with connections to Fife line services
  • 42 minute fastest journey time between Edinburgh and Glasgow and the introduction of 8 car electric trains
  • Redevelopment of Queen Street Station

The programme has already seen the opening of the £25 million new-look Haymarket Station in Edinburgh on 19 December 2013 and will also see a complete transformation of Glasgow’s Queen Street station during 2019. The Edinburgh Gateway Interchange was successfully opened in December 2016, on time and within budget.

Redevelopment of Queen Street Station

Glasgow Queen Street Redevelopment phase I fly-through from Network Rail on Vimeo.

The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station will transform the passenger experience and enable existing platforms to be extended to accommodate longer trains and maintain currently timetabled services.

In December 2015 Network Rail issued the invitation to tender for the £112 million Queen Street redevelopment works.

Read more about the redevelopment of Queen Street station on the EGIP project website.

EGIP final business case

The EGIP final business case was published on 27 January 2014 setting out the investment case for EGIP and the benefits it will deliver for Scotland and its rail users, including:

  • the transformation of Queen Street Station
  • shorter journey times and more reliable services between our two biggest cities
  • a cleaner, greener, quieter railway with lower carbon emissions
  • improved capacity and more seats with less crowding at peak journey times.

The project scope has developed significantly since the July 2012 announcement of the first phase of EGIP and now includes the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station.