Rail passengers using Edinburgh will see a number of changes at Waverley
and Haymarket as five new platforms were opened today - 27 December
At Waverley, a new platform numbering system has been introduced to
incorporate four new platforms. At Haymarket, platform 0 is used for
the small number of services that are timetabled to depart from, and
terminate at, the station instead of Waverley. Extra staff, signage
and passenger information is available to help passengers familiarise
themselves with the new arrangements.
David Simpson, route director at Network Rail, said: "The opening
of the new platforms shows that real progress is being made at Edinburgh
Waverley. They are a key part of the increase in capacity and passenger
comfort that the current redevelopment will bring. As they are opening
just after Christmas, shoppers can enjoy an easier and less congested
journey to and from the post-Christmas sales."
Mary Dickson, Managing Director of First ScotRail, said: As
always, our focus is on our customers. Robust arrangements are in
place to keep passengers fully informed, and to ensure that any inconvenience
is kept to a minimum during works which will ultimately make journeys
easier by lessening congestion and increasing the number of services.
Robert Samson, Passenger Focus, Passenger Link Manager said: It
is essential that during the redevelopment work passengers are kept
informed about the disruption to services and timetable changes affecting
their journey. We are pleased to note that the rail industry in Scotland
is working together to co-ordinate the timetable changes and ensure
that passengers have access to the information in plenty of time to
inform their journey decisions.
Station staff will be on hand to assist passengers, and all the changes
are clearly marked on signs and maps throughout the stations.