Both Croy and Johnstone stations new, fully-accessible footbridge and lifts are now open for passengers.
Delivered by Story Scotland team on behalf of Network Rail, access to Croy station in North Lanarkshire station and Johnstone station in Renfrewshire, has been transformed with a new footbridge, lifts and stairs giving step-free access to all platforms.
The new layout makes it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children or cycles to access the platforms on the busy Edinburgh-Glasgow (E&G) route.
Brian O’Hare, Contracts Manager for Story Scotland, said: “The team worked around the clock to complete the schemes to improve access at Croy and Johnstone station.
“Collectively we are proud to deliver such important upgrades which gives residents and passengers the availability of new lifts and a footbridge, meaning that disabled and wheelchair users; the elderly; families with prams and pushchairs; and the many others who find it difficult to access the railway, will have a much safer and easier time now.”
As part of Story’s commitment to becoming more sustainable, the project has been exemplary in its approach to community engagement and sustainability best practices.
Used as carbon reduction trial sites, sustainable initiatives were put in place including the procurement of electric vehicle charging stations to encourage EV use in substitute of diesel- or petrol-powered vehicles, the use of recycled construction materials such a low-carbon concrete and the reuse of materials including the refurbishment of metal fencing.
In addition, while the project was ongoing, our staff gave over 200 hours of time, and around £400 of materials to help renovate local charity space, Croy Community Hub.
Brian added: “In addition to the engineering works, we were also able to put our Story moto of ‘Doing It Right’ into action, working with the Croy Community Hub charity to refurbish their facility which supports the wellbeing of the local area, and inspire the students of Auchenlodment Primary School through a STEM workshop.”