Removal of former footbridge marks final step in Port Glasgow station Access for All project

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Removal of former footbridge marks final step in Port Glasgow station Access for All project

Over the course of the weekend, the old footbridge at Port Glasgow station was successfully removed.

It previously connected platforms one and two at the station but was taken out of use in December 2023, as the new fully accessible footbridge and lifts opened.

During the weekend, Network Rail and Story Contracting teams worked to remove the staircase and tower on platform 1.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the bridge deck, weighing 15 tonnes, was lifted off and placed on a trombone trailer, with the help of a 500-tonne crane set up in the Highholm Avenue park-and-ride car park.

It was all part of the £5m ‘Access for All’ project to provide step-free access at the station, making it easier for those with limited mobility or travelling with children, luggage or cycles to move between the platforms.

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Paul Shopp, Story Contracting Project Manager said: “The removal and demolition of the existing footbridge signifies another key milestone and moves us one step closer to completing what will be a fantastic project and asset for the local community.

“Collaborative working and diligent planning with our supply chain and Network Rail created a safe environment for this work to be executed over a single weekend, helping to minimise disruption on Scotland’s Railway.

“A special thank you to the local community and commuters for their patience over the last 12 months as we carry out this work.”

Laura Craig, Network Rail’s Scheme Project Manager for the Port Glasgow Access for All project, said: “We are delighted with how the bridge removal went last weekend. This was another successful step in what has been an extremely well-organised and well-delivered project.

“Our work is a great example of Scotland’s Railway working together effectively. We were able to schedule the bridge to be removed while the line was closed due to work taking place on the Inverclyde line to help minimise disruption for passengers.

“Again, we would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding during the work.”

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