Pitlochry station bridge plans submitted

Network Rail has submitted an application for listed building consent for a new bridge to make Pitlochry station fully accessible for passengers.

The proposal for a footbridge with lifts within the station will improve accessibility for all passengers, particularly those with reduced mobility and those travelling with luggage, prams or bikes.

Pitlochry accessible bridge
Accessible bridge proposed at Pitlochry

Perth and Kinross Council will now consider the listed building consent application, which, if approved, will grant permission for a new bridge with lifts to enable step-free access between both platforms of the station. It would also see the removal of the existing lattice footbridge.

The design proposes the erection of an accessible bridge at a location to the northwest of the main station building. It suggests a bridge with a 15m span and 9m-high lift towers and identifies ways to mitigate the impact of what is a significant development in the station environment.

Pitlochry station is a category A listed building, and the bridge design is sympathetic to the look and feel of its historic character and its features of architectural and historic interest.

A fully accessible railway station for Pitlochry would be a significant step towards creating a modern Highland mainline fit for 21st century Scotland. As well as improving amenity at the station for passengers, it would also remove a barrier to future decarbonisation of the line.

Fraser Mackenzie, Network Rail’s town planning lead for the accessibility work at Pitlochry station said: “We explored a range of options and looked at various locations within the station which could have potentially delivered the improvements needed whilst hopefully also addressing the concerns of stakeholders and the local community.

“We’re confident that the proposed design submitted for listed building consent delivers the best solution for rail passengers and the wider community.

New accessible bridge plan for Pitlochry station
New accessible bridge plan for Pitlochry station

“This location proposed delivers a short trail route for passengers and minimises the impact on the architectural aspects of the listed station buildings, signal box and historic fountain.”

Pitlochry is one of a number of locations on the Highland mainline where similar accessibility improvements are being proposed.