Story is proud to help make Scotland’s Railway safer for passengers by working with Network Rail on the Train Accident Reduction Programme. Throughout CP6, our teams have worked together to successfully deliver 26 scour schemes, often in very challenging conditions, helping to remove them from the list of structures on the Adverse and Integrated Weather Plan.
Inver Viaduct, on the Highland Mainline in Dunkeld, is the last bridge to be completed from the programme. The line there has been closed three times over the last two years due to the river breaching safe levels and disrupting services.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway and Jeremy Spence, Route Delivery Director recently visited the final site and praised the project team on their collaborative effort throughout the works:
Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “We have a responsibility to make sure assets that play such a vital role on our network are maintained to help minimise the impact of rising water levels during extreme weather, allowing us to keep trains running.
“This is all part of our commitment to dealing with the impact of climate change on Scotland’s Railway. The team has done a superb job in delivering this vital work, it’ll help further improve the operational resilience, safety, and performance of the railway for our customers.”
Jeremy Spence, Route Delivery Director, said: “Scour protection can be one of the more challenging elements of our renewals programme, as it involves working from river level much of the time and often in areas with challenging topography that can make access difficult for our teams.
“This has been a huge undertaking by the team since the work started in 2019 and it’s great to see the successful completion of all 50 structures. The collaborative effort by Network Rail and Story has not only delivered this project on time but means we won’t need to carry out repairs on this scale for many years to come.”
Well done to everyone involved in the safe delivery of these scour protection schemes for Network Rail over the last 5 years.