WORK to extend platforms at Glasgow Queen Street station so longer trains with more seats can use it is set to get under way.

Two platforms on the upper level will also be out of use throughout the whole of July as work continues throughout the summer, Network Rail bosses have said.

From April 15 until mid-June, work will take place behind the hoardings on the main concourse to create new buffer end stops for the extension of platforms two, three, four and five.

In order to install new infrastructure, the circulation space on the main concourse will be adjusted with the hoardings moving a further five metres into the station.

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The aim is for the station to accommodate longer-length trains that will have more space for passengers.

The developments come as part of the £120million redevelopment of the busy city centre public transport hub.

From mid-June until the end of the month, engineers will then be working in front of platforms two and three to uncover a space beneath the concourse that was originally excavated during the station’s 2016 closure.

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Re-covered with a temporary concourse while other elements of the station were being worked on, this previously-excavated area will form the basis of the 26-metre extension to platforms two and three.

Both of these platforms will be out of use throughout July while engineers complete the connection to the platform extensions and extend overhead lines, install coping stones, rebuild sections of platform wall and carry-out surfacing works.

Kevin McClelland, route delivery director for infrastructure projects, described how the new-look station is beginning to take shape with the steel frame of the extended station building now in position and work underway to create the new concourse.

He added: “Over the summer, our focus will also move back into the operational station area as we work to complete the longer platforms needed for the new electric trains which are now running on routes across the central belt.

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“We will be working hard to complete the platform extensions as quickly as possible for customers and have phased the delivery of the new infrastructure to reduce disruption to services to a minimum.”

A further phase of work will take place between mid-September and mid-October to extend platforms four and five.

Once completed in 2020, the Scottish Government-funded redeveloped station will provide extended platforms for longer trains of up to eight carriages.