Haymarket is a very busy area to the west of Edinburgh's city centre containing Scotland's fourth busiest railway station, with almost four million passengers passing through each year. The Haymarket area does not currently work efficiently as a public space, as a 'transport hub', or as a key gateway to the City Centre. With several planned developments in the area and new rail services proposed, the projected growth in rail passengers is significant and will put a greater strain on Haymarket.
For this reason, the City of Edinburgh Council has commissioned a major feasibility study into how the area can be improved over the next thirty years - The Haymarket Interchange Feasibility Study (HIFS).
The Haymarket Interchange Feasibility Study has investigated the re-development of Haymarket Station and the surrounding area to create a contemporary, multi-modal transport 'hub' within Edinburgh. The study has been funded by Transport Scotland, with a wide variety of other organisations involved, including Network Rail, First ScotRail and Bus operators. The study's aim was to deliver proposals for a regenerated Haymarket area which will ensure the city keeps moving as it continues to grow.
1. a comprehensive feasibility study to consider proposals for a transport interchange at Haymarket to service public transport and the redevelopment of Haymarket Station and immediate surrounding area station users
2. an investigation into the related improvement opportunities in the wider Haymarket area with a view to formulating a masterplan to inform and guide future development