Gold for Gateway to the Games

The revamped transport hub that will welcome thousands of visitors to the Commonwealth Games has crossed the finish line.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially marked the completion of the new look Dalmarnock Train Station in Glasgow’s east end today in plenty of time ahead of the Games which take place in the city in the summer.

Councillor Jim Coleman, SPT Chair, Denis McKenna, SPT Vice Chair, Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive, and Charlie Hoskins, SPT Director of Projects attended the launch.

The state-of-the-art glass and steel building, which was named ‘Best Proposed Project’ at the 2012 Scottish Design Awards, features a brand new ticket office, footbridge and lifts to help make the public transport experience more enjoyable and comfortable for commuters, tourists and those attending the 2014 Games – one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) played a major role in securing the £12 million of funding for the stations facelift.

Transport Scotland led on the redevelopment and other partners were Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and Network Rail.

The station will play a key role in the future regeneration of the east end, set to continue long after the summer’s festivities. It will also leave a lasting Games legacy by encouraging greater public transport use in years to come.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“Scotland is ready for 2014 and is organising what we are determined will be the greatest Games ever. This will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has hosted and the Scottish Government is determined to maximise benefits beyond 2014 through investing in our communities.

“In just a few short months, this station will play host to visitors from all corners of the world and possibly some of the best known sports stars on the planet. It is hugely exciting to see this station complete and to know what lies ahead.

“While we wish our athletes every success, the Games is much more than medals – it’s a catalyst for regeneration, innovation and for sustainable economic growth and the refurbishment of Dalmarnock Station demonstrates this.

“The Games is already providing a massive boost to reviving areas such as the east end of Glasgow and helping communities contribute to Scotland’s economic success.”

Councillor Jim Coleman, SPT Chair, said:

“Strathclyde Partnership for Transport is delighted to have been involved with the redevelopment of Dalmarnock station from the inception of this project.

“It is great to see a project being brought to life after exploring the feasibility and working to secure funding.

“The newly developed station is a great asset for the games and for the people of the East End of Glasgow to benefit from now and well into the future.”