Crossrail Glasgow

Crossrail Glasgow
[v · Legend
North Clyde Line including - -
Continuation backward
Airdrie to Bathgate link - -
Straight track
Bellgrove
Station on track
to north and east
Junction to left Track turning from right
- - City Union Line
High Street Curve
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg" Continuation backward
- - Argyle Line
High Street (Relocated)
Station on track Straight track Unknown BSicon "tSTR"
Glasgow Cross (New)
Enter tunnel Unknown BSicon "eCPICl" Unknown BSicon "eCPICr"
Glasgow Cross (Argyle)
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Straight track Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Continuation backward
to West Coast Main Line
Queen Street (Low Level)
Unknown BSicon "tBHF" Track turning left Unknown BSicon "tKRZ" Unknown BSicon "WBRÜCKEq" Unknown BSicon "eBHFq" Track turning from right Straight track
Gorbals (New)
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "eKRZu"
to south via Kilmarnock
Central Station (High Level)
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Transverse terminus from left Unknown BSicon "tKRZ" Unknown BSicon "WBRÜCKEq" Unknown BSicon "ABZ3lg" Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Unknown BSicon "ABZgf"
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Straight track Straight track Track turning left
Cathcart Circle and
Charing Cross
Unknown BSicon "tBHF" Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Urban tunnel straight track Straight track Straight track
to south via Kilmarnock
West Street (Subway)
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "utCPICl" Unknown BSicon "eCPICm" Unknown BSicon "eCPICr"
West Street (New)
Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Unknown BSicon "tSTR" Urban tunnel straight track Straight track Straight track
Exit tunnel Exit tunnel Straight track Straight track
- - City Union Line
Turnback Facility
Unknown BSicon "xABZlf" Track turning from right Straight track Straight track Straight track
Unknown BSicon "exENDEe" Straight track Straight track Track turning left Junction from right
Shields Junction
Finnieston Junction
Track turning left Junction from right Junction to left Continuation to right
- - Paisley Canal Line
North Clyde & Argyle Lines - -
Continuation forward Straight track
- - Ayrshire Coast and
Continuation forward
- - Inverclyde Lines

Crossrail Glasgow (formerly known as Glasgow Crossrail) is a proposed railway development in Central Scotland.

Since the 1970s, it has been widely recognised that one of the main weaknesses of the railway network in Greater Glasgow is that rail services from the South (which would normally terminate at Central main line station) cannot bypass Glasgow city centre and join the northern railway network which terminates at Glasgow Queen Street station - and vice-versa for trains coming from the North. At present rail users who wish to travel across Glasgow have to disembark at either Central or Queen Street and traverse the city centre by foot, or by road.

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Proposal

The proposed Crossrail initiative involves electrifying and reopening the City Union Line for regular passenger use in conjunction with new filler sections of track which will connect the North Clyde, Ayrshire, and Kilmarnock and East Kilbride suburban routes together, therefore allowing through running of services through the centre of Glasgow in a North-South axis. The Glasgow Airport Rail Link that was to have directly connected Glasgow International Airport to the rest of the Scottish rail network (including the Airdrie to Bathgate Link to Edinburgh) was cancelled in 2009.

New and reopened stations

The development would also include a number of new (or redeveloped) stations:[citation needed]

  • High Street Station on the North Clyde Line would be demolished and relocated.
  • A new station will be built at Glasgow Cross, behind the Mercat Building, potentially providing an interchange with the Argyle Line services that run under the street below.
  • The reopening of Cumberland Street railway station been proposed in the Gorbals, opening the area up to the passenger railway network for the first time since the 1960s.
  • West Street subway station would be expanded and remodelled so as to provide a major interchange between the railway network and the Glasgow Subway, similar to the current Partick station upgrade.

Other developments

In conjunction with the core proposals, other possible developments of Crossrail may include:

  • The construction of a chord over the former Gushetfaulds railfreight terminal to link Crossrail with the West Coast Main Line (WCML), therefore creating an new path for WCML express services to access the north of Scotland network. An overbridge was provided as part of the M74 Extension to allow this in the future.
  • The re-opening of Glasgow Cross Low Level station to provide interchange to the Argyle Line.
  • Turnback facility in the Yorkhill/Kelvinhaugh area for trains on the North Clyde line from the east, before reaching the already overloaded Finnieston Junction and congested tracks to the west.

The scheme[1] has been heavily pushed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) for many years and a £500,000 study was commissioned by the Scottish Executive in 2003 to investigate the feasibility and costs of the link. The outcome of this was published in 2005, with funding and Government approval pending. However, the scheme was once again omitted from a review published by Network Rail and Transport Scotland in the summer of 2006, suggesting that any chances of the scheme becoming a reality still largely uncertain.

The Route Utilisation Strategy for Scotland, published in March 2007, again omitted the Glasgow Crossrail scheme from its recommendations.

The Scottish Government's Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR), published in December 2008, included a Glasgow Crossrail-type solution as part of its wider West of Scotland Strategic Rail Enhancement project, one in a list of 29 projects to be taken forward as a priority in the following 20 years.

References


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