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Anniesland Access for All

Anniesland Access for All

A £4m project to improve accessibility at Anniesland station

We began a £4m project to improve accessibility at Anniesland station in Autumn 2023.

This project will provide step-free access to platforms 1, 2 and 3 at Anniesland station by installing lifts on either side of the railway bridge on Great Western Road to the platforms.

This project will make it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or bicycles to travel on Scotland's Railway

Project Timeline

  1. July 2023: Project announced
  2. August 2023: Community information session
  3. September 2023: Work begins
  4. June 2024: Lift towers craned into place
  5. Autumn 2024: Work completes

Possible Disruptions

  • Great Western Road will be closed overnight at Anniesland Cross and diverted via Kelvindale on 15-16, 16-17, 22-23 and 23-24 June 2024

    To enable the safe installation of the lift towers, Great Western Road at Anniesland Cross will be reduced to one westbound lane from:

    • 1830 on Saturday 15 June until 1000 on Sunday 16 June
    • 1830 on Sunday 16 June until 0600 Monday 17 June
    • 1830 on Saturday 22 June until 1000 on Sunday 23 June
    • 1830 on Sunday 23 June until 0600 Monday 24 June

    A signed diversion via Kelvindale will be in place for eastbound traffic towards Glasgow, which will take drivers along Bearsden Road, Temple Road and Dorchester Avenue back onto Great Western Road.

Project Updates

  • Network Rail reveals plans to provide step-free access at Anniesland station

    Network Rail plans to improve accessibility for passengers at Anniesland station by installing a new lift system

    Lifts will be installed at street level on either side of the railway bridge on Great Western Road , making it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or bicycles to access the platforms.

    Read more here: Network Rail reveals plans to provide step-free access at Anniesland station

  • Community invited to information session

    Ahead of our work beginning, we will be holding a community drop in event between

    4-7pm on Tuesday 15 August Netherton Community Centre, G13 1AX.

    The event allows those living and working in Anniesland to ask questions about our plans and meet team members who will deliver the work.

    We’d also like to take this opportunity to inform you of some preparatory works which will take place at the station in the coming weeks.

    These are currently scheduled to begin on August 23 until September 1 and will involve the temporary closure of the footpath and the inside eastbound lane of Great Western Road outside the station.

    Access to the station will not be affected.

    Those interested can learn more about this at the community drop-in event on August 15.

  • Preparatory works to take place at Anniesland station ahead of accessibility project - change of date

    Rail passengers and road users are being reminded of temporary works due to take place outside Anniesland station.

    The dates of the preparatory works have changed and will now take place from Sunday 27 August until 05 September.

    Due to the area’s mining history, these crucial works must be carried out before the project to improve accessibility at the station begins.

    Investigative works will be carried out between 7am and 5pm and will involve the temporary closure of the footpath, parking bays and the inside eastbound lane of Great Western Road.

    To keep everyone safe, fencing will provide a barrier between the works and the road, creating a pedestrian walkway to allow continued access to the station entrances during this initial phase

  • Accessibility project soon to start

    We can now share some information on our work programme - which will be of particular interest to those who live near and use Anniesland station.

    The initial phase of work, including preparatory activities, planned for the coming
    weeks is outlined below. A letter has been sent to those living near the station with this information.

    Due to the complex nature of our activities, there will be a mixture of night and day working.
    We will be installing traffic management on Great Western Road, as well as diverting
    pedestrians away from our works to help keep people safe. We urge everyone to follow
    these temporary diversions which will be clearly signposted throughout the project.

    Although there will be some inconvenience to station and road users and to pedestrians, we
    have made sure that access for our teams and equipment has been carefully considered so
    that the works will cause a minimal amount of disruption. We have also worked with
    Glasgow City Council to agree on the safest traffic and pedestrian management system.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as our teams work to complete this project,
    and we will continue to provide further updates as work progresses.

    Anniesland AfA - Phase 1 work programme
    Anniesland AfA - Phase 1 work programme
  • New temporary platform access opens

    Passenger access will temporarily change as work to install new street-level lifts continues.

    A new temporary route into platform 2 at Anniesland

    Direct access to the platform is now via Herschell Street from the adjacent church car park, using a temporary stairway and passengers will continue to use the footbridge to cross between platforms.

    The original stairs to platform 2 are closed temporarily as engineers prepare for excavation and piling work to support the installation of the lift towers.

    At platforms 1 and 3, the stairs have been closed since October, with both existing stairways to be reopened to passengers when the project is completed later this year. Read more here.

  • Great Western Road to be closed and diverted overnight as Anniesland Access for All project reaches major milestone

    Work to provide step-free access at Anniesland station in Glasgow is reaching a crucial phase as Network Rail prepares to install two new lifts.

    In recent weeks, engineers have been making space and strengthening the foundations for the lift shafts by sheet piling – driving huge sheets of steel into the ground.

    The next step will see the lift towers installed at street level on Great Western Road over two weekends in June.

    To enable the safe installation of the lift towers, Great Western Road at Anniesland Cross will be reduced to one westbound lane from:

    • 1830 on Saturday 15 June until 1000 on Sunday 16 June
    • 1830 on Sunday 16 June until 0600 Monday 17 June
    • 1830 on Saturday 22 June until 1000 on Sunday 23 June
    • 1830 on Sunday 23 June until 0600 Monday 24 June

    A signed diversion via Kelvindale will be in place for eastbound traffic towards Glasgow.

    Network Rail has worked with Glasgow City Council throughout the project and to ensure the traffic and pedestrian management system is as safe as possible.  

    There will be no additional disruption to passengers or pedestrians whilst the overnight work takes place and Anniesland station will be open on Saturday night with train services running as usual.

    Click here to read the full press release.

Why?

Work has started on work to provide step-free access at Anniesland station as part of an ongoing investment to improve accessibility in Scotland’s railway stations.

The project has been funded by the Access for All (AfA) scheme.

Access for All is a rolling programme of investment designed to improve access within stations for people with impaired mobility.

Since its launch in 2006, it has funded improvements at 27 Scottish railway stations. Johnstone and Croy stations were completed in 2022 with work at Port Glasgow, Uddingston and Dumfries underway.

What will change?

Lifts will be installed at street level on either side of the railway bridge on Great Western Road, making it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or bicycles to access the platforms.

The existing footbridge over the railway between platforms will remain in place. The Work include the removal of the current advertising boards, the installation of two lift towers, and a linkspan path to connect the lift to each platform.

The street-level lift entrance will be set back from the pavement, with a glazed canopy and an illuminated vertical concrete plinth sign with the station name.

There are no changes proposed to the stair entrances on either side of the underbridge.