Edinburgh Waverley railway station

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Edinburgh Waverley

Waverley Dhùn Èideann
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View of Edinburgh Waverley from the east
General information
Location Edinburgh
Coordinates 55°57′08″N3°11′21″W / 55.9521°N 3.1893°W / 55.9521; -3.1893 Coordinates: 55°57′08″N3°11′21″W / 55.9521°N 3.1893°W / 55.9521; -3.1893
Grid reference NT257737
Owned by Network Rail
Other information
Station codeEDB
Classification DfT category A
Original company Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
22 June 1846North Bridge built by NBR [1]
17 May 1847General Station built by E&GR [1]
17 May 1847Canal Street built by EL&NR [1]
April 1866NBR demolished existing stations; replaced with Edinburgh Waverley [1]
18 April 1966Renamed Edinburgh [1]
?Renamed Edinburgh Waverley
2017/18Increase2.svg 23.334 million
 Interchange Increase2.svg 1.605 million

A total of 24 platforms have existed at Waverley, but not more than 21 at any one time. Prior to incremental rationalisation of the east end in the 1960s–80s there were 21 platforms.

The east end terminating platforms have undergone significant rationalisation. From north to south these comprised:

The former Down Main through Platforms 7 (east end) and 8 (west end) are at the south side of the main station, and comprise a single very long platform with a crossover in the centre. They are numbered 7 (formerly 10, east end) and 11 (west end).

At the west end there has been little change to the terminating platforms, apart from widening them by removing disused centre-road tracks. The platforms comprise (south-north) numbers 12/13, 14/15, 16/17 and bay Platform 18. These were not affected by the 2006 platform renumbering scheme.

The only platforms outwith Waverley's overall roof are the former 'Suburban' Platforms 8 and 9 (formerly 21 and 20), a lengthy island platform. These are on the southern edge of the station, adjacent to the east to the former freight depot (now a car park and offices) and with direct access to Market Street, which runs parallel to the railway to the immediate south.

A need to increase capacity for through and west-end traffic led to three new platforms being built in 2006, on land formerly occupied by disused sidings and bypass lines within the main part of the station. Platform 10 is a through platform at the west end, facing Platform 11. Platforms 1 and 20 are a single long through platform facing Platforms 2 and 19. All are linked by the upgraded north–south overhead walkway linking the Waverley Steps (escalators) to Market Street.

In December 2006, a partial renumbering of platforms took place to reflect the construction of the new platforms.

Future developments

In March 2019, Network Rail announced proposals to redevelop Waverley station in order to meet an anticipated increase in passenger demand by 2048. The Waverley Masterplan drawn up by engineering firm Arup Group envisages the creation of a new mezzanine level concourse above the main platforms to facilitate passenger circulation within the station, with a link through to the neighbouring Waverley Mall shopping centre. As part of the redevelopment, the entrance ramps from Waverley Bridge into the station would be removed and the new concourse would be enclosed in plate glass to provide panoramic views over the Old Town. The plans also make reference to a "transport hub", although an interchange with Edinburgh Trams is not specified. [26] [27]

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