Tuesday 16 Oct 2018
Cleland Station accessibility improvements in site
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Work is now underway on a six-month programme at Cleland station to deliver a £3m investment to improve accessibility.
The project will deliver step free access across the station as part of the Shotts line electrification project – improving access at Cleland for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children or cycles.
The project team went on site at the end of September and accessibility improvements will be delivered over the next six months in conjunction with work to modify the platforms in preparation for the electrification of the line.
A new accessible footbridge is being constructed during which includes lifts and stairs and will replace the existing bridge which will be removed after the new structure has been opened. Work is scheduled to complete by the end of March 2019.
Step free access will be provided from the station entrance over the railway and onto the Edinburgh bound island platform to significantly enhance the travelling experience at the North Lanarkshire station.
Matthew Spence, route delivery director for Network Rail Scotland, said: “We are continuously seeking opportunities to make our stations more accessible. This new bridge will help ensure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to easily access services at Cleland station and thus enable even more people to travel by train.
“The bridge we will build at the station delivers modern standards of access and an increase in amenity for those travelling to or from Cleland on a day to day basis and will improve the travelling experience for passengers.”
Accessibility improvements at the station are being delivered as part of the wider upgrade of the line as part of the £160m Scottish Government funded Shotts Line Electrification project which will be complete by March 2019.
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