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Port Glasgow Access for All

Port Glasgow Access for All

A £5m project to improve accessibility at Port Glasgow station in Inverclyde.

From February 2023, a £5m project to improve accessibility at Port Glasgow station in Inverclyde will commence.

The project will see Network Rail, working with principal contractor STORY, install a new footbridge and lifts. Uncovered ramped access to the main station entrance at Princes Street will also be introduced to the station, all designed to make it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children or cycles to access the platforms.

When complete, the footbridge will take station users from the entrance, over the railway, with lifts providing step-free access to and from the Gourock bound platform, and the park and ride car park.
Preparatory work on this ‘Access for All’ (AfA) scheme is set to start in February with the construction of the bridge expected to begin in May. Installation of the bridge and lifts is scheduled to be completed towards the end of the year.

Project Timeline

  1. Winter 2022: Planning and funding approved
  2. January 2023: Project announced
  3. February 2023: Work commences

Project Updates

  • Project to provide step-free access at Port Glasgow due to start

    Work on a £5m project to improve accessibility at Port Glasgow station in Inverclyde is set to commence next month.

    The project will see Network Rail, working with principal contractor STORY, install a new footbridge and lifts. Uncovered ramped access to the main station entrance at Princes Street will also be introduced to the station, all 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 is set to start in February with the construction of the bridge expected to begin in May. Installation of the bridge and lifts is scheduled to be completed towards the end of the year.

  • Information session at Port Glasgow West Community Council meeting

    Colleagues from Network Rail and STORY contracting attended Port Glasgow West Community Council's first meeting of 2023 to provide more information on the upcoming Access for All project at Port Glasgow station.

    Port Glasgow West Community Council meeting

    During the meeting, Michael McArthur (Network Rail), Laura Craig (Network Rail), Paul Shopp (STORY), and Monica McGinley (Network Rail) gave presentations on how the project has been funded, details on how and when the project will be delivered and shared artists drawings of what the station will look like when the project is complete.

    The team also discussed how we plan to keep the those who live near the station informed ahead of some of the nosier work taking place and outlined our plans to organise engagement events with local schools, clubs and organisations.

    Laura Craig, Scheme Project Manager, Network Rail, said: "It was great to be invited to the meeting, to be able to talk in detail about the project and answer some questions from members of the local community.
    "Thank you to PGWCC for having us and to everyone who came along to listen to our presentations. We're looking forward to work beginning next week."

Why?

We will soon commence our essential work to provide step-free access at Port Glasgow Station as part an ongoing investment to improve accessibility in Scotland’s railway stations.

The project has been funded by the Access for All (AfA) scheme, with contributions from Inverclyde Council.

AfA 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 due to commence implementation this calendar year. Anniesland, Uddingston and Dumfries 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 over the railway line towards the west side of the station.

The existing elevated footbridge over the railway line including the existing towers and stairs are to be completely removed.

The glass canopy/shelter structures adjacent to the existing towers/stairs leading to the elevated footbridge are to remain in position.

The new footbridge is to be opposite the car parking and uncovered ramped access off Willison's Lane, is to be elevated above the railway line and there is to be a tower on each platform that will contain a lift shaft.

The tower on Platform 1 is to be approximately 12m high and the tower on Platform 2 is to be approximately 16m high.

External stairs will lead up from each platform to the footbridge level.

The new footbridge will incorporate two accesses leading to and from the park and ride car park located off Highholm Avenue. The accesses will connect to a footpath adjacent to mobility parking spaces at the north side of the car park.