Fears of massive disruption to travel in Glasgow and the west of Scotland were growing, following reports that one of the busiest stations in Scotland could be closed for up to a year while the Edinburgh-to-Glasgow Improvement Programme is carried out.
Rail bosses were urged by business leaders and politicians in the city to ensure disruption for travellers and commuters was kept to a minimum. Now Network Rail, which will be responsible for delivering the work, has ruled out lengthy closures. It said the plan was still being worked on, but that closures would be for days at the most.
The work to electrify the line will not close the station but, before that takes place, the track bed in the tunnel has to be lowered to allow space for new overhead power lines.
Network Rail said the work could be done over a period of days, not months.
It had been suggested Network Rail said closure of Queen Street for up to a year was possible.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: "We have no plans to close Queen Street Station for up to 12 months. While we are still evaluating options for the completion of the EGIP works at the station, a long-term closure is not among them.
"Some elements of the programme could require short-term disruption to services, but of hours or days in duration rather than months or years."
The company said it carried out extensive maintenance and improvement work all over the UK rail infrastructure and that closure of stations was a last resort.
A spokesman referred to several large UK stations that had undergone, or were undergoing, extensive works while trains ran as normal.
They added: "We do work like this every day. We take it for granted that we need to work around the people, not them around us."