Tuesday 7 May 2019
Historic footbridge successfully installed at Stirling station
Network Rail successfully re-installed the footbridge linking platforms six and nine at Stirling station this holiday weekend.
The works, carried out across Saturday and Sunday, saw the project team work around-the-clock to complete the process of lifting the 28-tonne refurbished heritage structure into place with a 750-tonne crane.
On completion of the work, the reinstated lattice footbridge will become part of a fully accessible structure with the installation of a new lift on platform nine to provide step-free access to all platforms within the station.
Kenny MacDonald, Network Rail’s programme manager for the Stirling station work, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see the refurbished footbridge being lifted into place.
“The bridge lift went very well with the team working extremely hard over the weekend to complete the installation. We also thank local residents for their patience and cooperation while this activity was underway. Now that the installation of the footbridge is complete, the team will be working towards completing the remaining elements of the structure to make Stirling station fully accessible.”
Delivering step-free access to platforms six and nine is part of an overall package of work at Stirling station which includes:
- Refurbishing and raising the footbridge for overhead wires to be installed
- Alterations to the roof canopy
- Installation of a lift on platform nine to provide step-free access
- Reconstruction of the staircase on platform nine
- Alterations to the internal landing areas between footbridge and existing lift on platform three.
The bridge works are part of the wider project on the Stirling line which electrified the route as part of a Scottish Government-funded investment delivered by Network Rail.
Electrification of central Scotland’s rail network reduces journey times from Stirling to Glasgow and Edinburgh, increases capacity on peak services and provides longer, faster greener trains.
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