The concourse of Glasgow Central Station, photographed in 2003. The clock suspended from the roof is a reminder of earlier days. Refurbishment of the glass roof, which involved replacing 6.8 acres of patent glazing, was completed in 2000. To the left are some of the fourteen shop units opened at a cost of £1.5 million in 1987. Together with the stalls which occupy much of the open space in the concourse, they have reinforced the traditional role of the station as a place to visit or meet people, regardless of intention to travel.
Central Station is the main terminus for rail services to southern Scotland and to England, having absorbed services from St Enoch Station when the latter closed in 1966. Electrification of the west coast main line to Glasgow was completed in 1974, while electrification of the line to Edinburgh via Carstairs in the 1980s made Central a terminus for east coast main line trains. A major upgrade of the west coast main line is expected to be completed by 2008, at a cost of £10 billion, resulting in faster services to London. The introduction of new high speed Pendolino trains by Virgin Trains in 2004 marked the beginning of this process.
Reference: Illustrations vol 48, p 7
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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