Tuesday 23 Sep 2014
Dunblane station’s new £3m footbridge opens for Ryder Cup
Transport Minister Keith Brown today (Tuesday, September 23) joined Network Rail to officially open the new fully-accessible footbridge and lifts at Dunblane station.
Delivered ahead of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the bridge represents an investment of £3m in the station and delivers step-free access under the Access for All scheme – which is designed to improve access within stations for people with impaired mobility or travelling with luggage, children and cycles.
Constructed over the last seven months, the bridge includes lifts and stairs and replaces the old, Stirling Council-owned, footbridge. Step-free access is provided from the station entrance onto the platforms and over to the car park adjacent to Tesco.
Due to the need to minimise the visual impact of the new structure in a conservation area, the sympathetic design contains finishes in keeping with those of the surrounding buildings.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This is a very significant investment in the station which underscores the importance of maximising access to rail travel for all in our communities.
“Although it was important to deliver this ahead of the Ryder Cup, the bridge will not only contribute to getting passengers to and from Gleneagles, it will serve the community of Dunblane and its rail travellers for many, many years to come.”
David Dickson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, added: “The bridge at Dunblane delivers modern standards of accessibility within the historic context of the station and the physical constraints of the site.
“Dunblane is the latest station to benefit from investment through the Access for All scheme and provides a huge improvement in the facilities for those travelling to or from Dunblane. Rail travel is more popular now than ever before and this bridge will help ensure everyone in the community has the opportunity to use the station and enable even more people to travel by train."
Steve Montgomery, managing director of First ScotRail, said: "We are continuously seeking opportunities to make travel more accessible and it is wonderful to see these new facilities at Dunblane station."
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.