Wednesday 6 Sep 2017
Broughty Ferry upgrade works move to 2018
Work to enhance platform one at Broughty Ferry station will now begin in January 2018 following discussions between Dundee City Council and Network Rail.
The project, which had been due to commence this month and involved reducing spaces in Queen Street car park, has been rescheduled to allow businesses an undisrupted Christmas shopping period.
Work will now begin in January and run until May 2018.
During the enhancement project, a 90m section of platform one will be raised and rebuilt helping to improve the stepping distance from trains calling at the station.
The project is one of 10 being delivered across the Highland and East Coast main lines in Scotland as part of a Department for Transport-funded upgrade to enable the introduction of new train fleets.
Simon Humble, Network Rail scheme project manager, said: “Network Rail always tries to minimise the disruption caused by our projects and we are pleased to have been able to work with Dundee City Council and our main contractor Carillion to revise our programme for Broughty Ferry.”
Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “I am delighted that this provisional agreement between ourselves and Network Rail has been reached to avoid disruption in the run up to Christmas.
“There are so many small, independent traders in The Ferry whose busiest time is in the six weeks before Christmas so Network Rail’s decision to defer the works, and the use of the Queen Street car park for plant and equipment, until the New Year is greatly appreciated.
“People in The Ferry are looking forward to the improvements at their railway station, and waiting just a few months longer is a small price to pay compared with the alternative.”
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