The reconstruction of Glasgow Queen Street station is being undertaken with the environment in mind.
Work is being undertaken in preparation for the arrival of greener, cleaner electric trains; the previous structure of Glasgow Queen Street meant that the electric trains could not be accommodated, so reconstruction at the station was required.
As such, Glasgow Queen Street is being reconstructed to accommodate these longer trains, but work is being delivered in an environmentally friendly way.
Up to now, Network Rail, along with the contractors, have achieved the feat of recycling the brick, timber and concrete removed from site, so that it can be used elsewhere in the construction sector.
Approximately 14,000 tonnes of redundant material has been removed from the Queen Street site during the project, recycled into a range of different sectors including house, road building projects, and the biomass industry.
Some of the brick and concrete has been crushed into small stone and even returned to the Glasgow site for re-use on parts of the project, such as part of the base layer for the new station.
The construction of the Scottish government-funded redevelopment of Scotland’s third busiest rail station will cost £120 million and is set to be complete next year.
But at the heart of the project, a reduction in carbon footprint runs throughout; the fact that recycling work is carried out within the city of Glasgow also means that carbon footprint during demolition is reduced.
In fact, the only materials that won’t be recycled are hazardous ones such as asbestos.
Tommy McPake is the programme manager at Network Rail for the redevelopment. He spoke about the greener alternatives that the remodelled Glasgow station will allow for.
“When complete, the new station will transform travel through Queen Street – allowing longer and greener electric trains to use the station and providing customers with a brighter, more modern station building.”