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31 March 2017, 16:41
Plans for a major redevelopment of Glasgow's Queen Street train station have been formally approved.
The work will see a new glass front facing towards George Square, increased capacity for passengers and longer platforms for larger trains.
A £60 million project to upgrade the Queen Street tunnel with new rails and electricity lines was completed last year.
The Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) order means the application by Network Rail to undertake the next stage of work have been formally approved.
Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: ''The Scottish Government is delivering the most ambitious programme of rail investment ever seen in Scotland, committing over £5 billion across the current funding period.
''Approval of this TAWS order allows Network Rail to undertake significant enhancements to Glasgow Queen Street station.
''This continued investment in our key rail hubs will not only accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers, it will also improve the overall service experience.
''Coupled with new longer, faster, greener Class 385 trains coming later this year and a full fleet refurbishment, we are doing what we can now to deliver a Scottish rail industry for the future, one which encourages even more people opt to get out their cars and onto trains.''
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said: ''We welcome the granting of the TAWS order for Queen Street station.
''It is an important step in bringing forward important city centre development.''