Bridge of Dun Footbridge

Restoration of a heritage footbridge to maintain original features whilst repairing and prolonging the life of the Victorian structure.

Client Network Rail

Value £200k

Timescale 4 weeks

Location Bridge of Dun, Montrose

The Project

The Victorian Category-C listed footbridge dates back to CP4 and a successful Access for All scheme at Dunblane. As part of the scheme the old covered footbridge had to be removed. Obtaining planning permission for the project was a long drawn out process for Network Rail, and was eventually secured with a condition that the old footbridge be relocated. It was agreed that the best solution to this would be to find a heritage railway location.

Following the removal there were endless complications, and at one stage no one wanted it at all. Finally, the heritage railway at Bridge of Dun near Brechin agreed to accept the structure onto their site and Network Rail had their solution. By this time, 3 years on, the previous contractor had lost interest in the work. Story stepped in, and the refurbished bridge now sits happily in its new location.

Scope of Engineering Works

The scope of the project was as follows:

  • Steel repairs & painting to the footbridge
  • Design of a non-piled foundation to keep the scheme within Network Rails’ budget
  • Development of a temporary works scheme for 2 cranes
  • Construction methodology & solution developed around access restrictions & existing ground conditions

The key challenge for the project was developing a temporary works design which allowed the use of a 130 tonne and a 50 tonne crane to carry out the lifts due to the access and space restrictions at the station. The works were planned and implemented during a closure of the station and lines on a period of down time leading up to Caledonian Railways busy Easter timetable.


Network Rail’s previous contractor was unable to develop a design solution which didn’t involve expensive piling works and this was giving them budget Issues. Story and Fairhurst were able to produce a solution which didn’t require piling allowing the works to go ahead. This was achieved through further ground investigation works and a pre-loading regime during the construction phase.

Our project team worked in close collaboration with Caledonian Railway to allow the safe, efficient delivery of the works with minimum disruption to the Station operations. This ensured the works had no adverse effect on the Easter tourist season.

Delivering a Successful Solution

Value engineering and a complete rethink on the design strategy proposed by the previous contractor allowed a solution to be developed that brought the scheme back within Network Rails’ available budget.

Additional minor works were carried out for Caledonian Railway when we were on site which helped develop good relations and led to a more aesthetically pleasing finished product. Although these works were carried out F.O.C the scheme was still delivered within budget.

Contact Story Contracting

To find out more about how we can help you deliver your project contact Richard Hensman on: 0141 212 4434

Although only a small project, the helpful and proactive attitude of John MacArthur and his team at Story exemplifies everything that is good about our RCDP framework and the real collaborative ethos we have. Thanks, from Network Rail to all involved.

Donal Stevenson - Senior Programme Manager IPSNE

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