Project to improve accessibility at Anniesland station nears new milestone: Anniesland Cross facing east-2

Friday 17 May 2024

Project to improve accessibility at Anniesland station nears new milestone

Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

Work to provide step-free access at Anniesland station in Glasgow is reaching a crucial phase as Network Rail prepares to install two new lifts.

In recent weeks, engineers have been making space and strengthening the foundations for the lift shafts by sheet piling – driving huge sheets of steel into the ground.

The next step will see the lift towers installed at street level on Great Western Road over two weekends in June.

To enable the safe installation of the lift towers, Great Western Road at Anniesland Cross will be reduced to one westbound lane from:

  • 18:30 on Saturday 15 June until 10:00 on Sunday 16 June
  • 18:30 on Sunday 16 June until 0600 Monday 17 June
  • 18:30 on Saturday 22 June until 10:00 on Sunday 23 June
  • 18:30 on Sunday 23 June until 0600 Monday 24 June 

A signed diversion via Kelvindale will be in place for eastbound traffic towards Glasgow.

Liam Sumpter, Managing Director for Scotland’s Railway, said: “We're moving towards a crucial time in the Anniesland Access for All project, which will bring easy, step-free access closer to reality for passengers.

"With the preparatory work almost complete, ready for the installation of the lift towers, I’d like to thank passengers, residents and those travelling through Anniesland Cross for their understanding, patience, and acceptance during the disruption they have faced and of the need to work so close to their homes.

"I look forward to seeing the completion of this work, which will provide a fully accessible station at Anniesland and more comfortable journeys for all – including those with limited mobility, those carrying heavy luggage or those with pushchairs.”

The improvements are part of the Access for All (AfA) programme and are designed to help create a brighter and more accessible entrance to the station.

Network Rail has worked with Glasgow City Council throughout the project and to ensure the traffic and pedestrian management system is as safe as possible.  

Councillor Angus Millar, City Convener for Transport, Glasgow City Council, said: “It's great to see work going ahead to improve accessibility at Anniesland Station and I am very pleased council staff have been giving practical support to this project.

“Encouraging more sustainable travel choices is right at the heart of our plans for transport in Glasgow.

“The new lifts will make it much easier to reach the station and will help more people in the Anniesland area to connect with Glasgow’s rail network by walking, wheeling and cycling.”

Fabricated at M&S Engineering in Dumfries and Galloway, the lift towers will stand 9 metres tall and will be lifted in using a 230-tonne crane.

Steel walkways will connect the towers to the existing station platforms to make it easier to use the station for those with mobility difficulties, people travelling with bicycles, pushchairs or heavy luggage.

There will be no additional disruption to passengers or pedestrians whilst the overnight work takes place and Anniesland station will be open on Saturday night with train services running as usual.

We have written to residents and businesses operating near Anniesland station about this work. Further information about Anniesland AfA can be found on the project's dedicated webpage at Anniesland Access for All (

Notes to Editors

The diversionary route for eastbound traffic will be via Bearsden Road, Temple Road, Dalsholm Road, Cleveden Road and Dorchester Avenue.

The existing footbridge will remain in place and there will be no disruption to rail services throughout this project. A diversionary route is in place for pedestrians and is fully signposted to encourage the use of traffic lights when crossing the road.  

The footpath underneath the railway bridge, parking bays, and the inside eastbound lane of Great Western Road will remain closed for the duration of the project. 

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