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Dumfries Access for All

Dumfries Access for All

A project to improve accessibility for passengers at this station.

We’re currently improving accessibility at Dumfries station.

Network Rail are working with principal contractor STORY to install a new footbridge with lifts. The bridge has been designed to make it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children or bikes to access the platforms.

You can view our latest progress video below:


Project Timeline

  1. June 2023: Project announced
  2. June 2023: Community drop-in held
  3. June 2023: Submitted Listed Building Application to Dumfries and Galloway Council
  4. Autumn 2023: Project begins
  5. Spring 2024: Project completed

Project Updates

  • Existing Footbridge Successfully Removed

    Dumfries station footbridge was successfully removed over the course of Saturday night (16 December).

    The footbridge, which connects platforms one and two at the station, was taken out of use on Saturday morning to allow engineers to prepare for its removal that evening.

    Engineers took just minutes to lift the bridge deck (middle part of bridge), weighing 21 tonnes, off before placing it on a trombone trailer, with the help of a 300-tonne crane.

    A team of engineers will dismantle the remaining columns and stairs over the course of this week.

    It’s all part of the ‘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.

    Train services will continue to operate as normal during the rest of the project, which is due for completion in Summer next year.

    During that time a diversionary route along St Mary Street will continue to be in operation to take passengers between the platforms. Passengers should leave additional time for their journey to reflect this.

    In the meantime, the bridge deck has been placed in storage while a suitable permanent home is found for it.

    Watch the video here.

  • Existing Footbridge To Close

    Dumfries station footbridge will permanently close after the last train through the station on Friday night (December 15).

    The footbridge, which connects platforms one and two at the station, will be taken out of use as engineers prepare for its removal on Saturday night (December 16).

    It’s all part of the 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.

    Train services will continue to operate as normal during the work and a diversion route along St Mary Street will be in operation to take passengers between the platforms at this time. Passengers should leave additional time for their journey to reflect this.

    Platform two’s car park will be closed from Wednesday, December 13 to enable preparatory work ahead of the removal of the bridge on Saturday night before it re-opens again on Monday, December 18.

    Watch the video here.

  • Works Commence

    Scotland’s Railway will begin construction work to provide step-free access between platforms at Dumfries station.

    Work will start on Monday 30 October and will run until the completion of the project in summer next year.

    The existing footbridge will be removed and replaced with a new accessible bridge with lifts to platforms 1 and 2.

    As part of the project, the existing footbridge will close to the public from Monday 20 November before the new bridge is installed in spring 2024.

    Train services will continue to operate as normal through the station but there will be some temporary changes to access during construction.

    The works are being carried out to make it easier for those with limited mobility or travelling with children, luggage or cycles to move between the platforms.

    Throughout the project, space within the platform 1 car park will be restricted. There will also be some temporary changes to access on the platform 2 car park during the bridge removal and installation phase.

    Watch the video here.

  • Listed Building Consent Application Approved

    Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Planning Applications Committee has approved Listed Building Consent for access improvements to Dumfries station.

    Plans will see the construction of a new footbridge with lifts allowing step-free access to both station platforms.

    The application for listed building consent was submitted in June following an engagement event with the community to showcase the proposed designs.

    Dumfries station is a category B listed building, and the designs were developed to be sympathetic to the look and feel of its historic character.

    Following a consultation response from Historic Environment Scotland, the original design has been slightly updated to take their recommendations on board. A gentle curve to the bridge has been introduced by lifting the deck 200mm in the middle and the lift towers will now have a mid-grey cladding panel which is slightly darker than the original colour.

    To better accommodate motorised scooters the internal dimensions of the lift tower have been changed to make them less square.

    Works are due to commence in late October with the completion of the works in Summer 2024.

  • Dumfries Community Drop-In

    The people of Dumfries will get the first chance to see the proposed plans for accessibility improvements within Dumfries station.

    Network Rail is inviting the local community and any interested parties along to a community drop-in event at Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries between 4.00pm and 7.00pm on Thursday 15 June to see the finalised plans ahead of it being submitted for planning approval.

    Network Rail has worked with their architects and a number of stakeholders to produce the design which introduces a new footbridge with lifts to provide step-free access across both platforms.

    The concept takes into consideration the look and feel of the historic station whilst allowing for modern adaptations.

  • Project to provide step-free access at Dumfries station announced

    Work on a project to improve accessibility at Dumfries station has been announced.

    The project will see Network Rail, working with principal contractor STORY, install a new footbridge with lifts. It has been designed to make it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children or cycles to access the platforms.

    Preparatory work on this ‘Access for All’ (AfA) scheme has already begun with the construction of the bridge expected to begin in Autumn 2023. Installation of the bridge is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2024.

    Watch the flythrough video of the proposed design here.

Why?

Works are currently underway to provide step-free access at Dumfries station as part of an ongoing investment to improve accessibility in Scotland’s railway stations.

This project has been funded by the Access for All (AfA) scheme which is a rolling programme of investment designed to improve access within stations for people with impaired mobility.

Since its launch in 2006, Access for All has funded improvements at 28 Scottish stations. Johnstone and Croy station improvements were completed in 2022 and Port Glasgow in 2023. Anniesland and Uddingston stations are also currently undergoing accessibility improvements through the Access for All programme.

What will change?

Our plans see the removal of the existing footbridge and the construction of a new footbridge with lifts over the railway line.

The new bridge will be positioned close to the site of the current structure but does occupy a larger footprint. The new structure has been positioned to reduce the impact on the canopy on platform 1 and will avoid any impact to the canopy on platform 2. Our design complements the station’s heritage features but will be accessible for passengers.