Dumfries Access for All
Dumfries Access for All
A project to improve accessibility for passengers at Dumfries station.
This Autumn we’re improving accessibility at Dumfries station.
The project will see Network Rail, working with principal contractor STORY, 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.
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.
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.
We will soon commence our essential work to provide step-free access at Dumfries 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 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 27 Scottish stations. Johnstone and Croy station improvements were completed in 2022 with Port Glasgow currently underway. Anniesland and Uddingston stations are also in development for potential future accessibility improvements through the Access for All programme.
What will change?
Our plans will 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.