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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. January 2023: Project announced
  2. February 2023: Work commences
  3. Summer 2023: New footbridge installed
  4. December 2023: Lifts enter into service for passenger use
  5. February 2024: Removal of old footbridge takes place

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."

  • We're on site

    If you've been travelling through the station or just in the vicinity, you may have spotted our new compound popping up.

    Port Glasgow Highholm Avenue Compound

    Our main compound is set up at Highholm Avenue, at the park and ride area.

    Laydown area Highholm Av

    Further down the hill, we have begun setting up a laydown area for bulk materials.

    And we have a temporary compound on Princes St. at the station entrance established ahead of the taxi office's demolition, which is planned for the weekend of Feb 18/19.

  • Taxi office demolition takes place

    On February 18, our teams carried out the first major piece of work in this initial stage of the Access for All programme by demolishing the taxi office at the Princes Street entrance.

    Taxi office demolition at Port Glasgow station

    Working through the night, engineers carefully removed the structure which is making way for a new, uncovered ramped access to the main station entrance.


    These works had to be done when trains aren't running. Our teams did all they could to minimise noise where possible but we thank those living nearby for their patience and understanding.

    While there, our teams also carried out some de-vegetation works at Park and Ride car park, above the retaining wall on the Platform 2 side in preparation for future work so the area is now looking a lot tidier.

    It's great to see this first real piece of progress and we're excited.

  • Building the foundations

    Wondering what's going on behind the hoarding?

    Port Glasgow hoarding on Platform 1

    To help keep everyone safe while we work, hoarding has been installed on both Platforms, most recently Platform 1. This will allow us to start piling works for the foundations of the new footbridge in the coming weeks.

    Platform 2 hoarding at Port Glasgow

    We’ve kept the existing route via Willison’s lane open to the platform, so the station remains fully accessible while we finish our works on the new Princes Street ramp.

    Princes street entrance, Port Glasgow
  • Cyclists using the station?

    We’re getting ready to relocate the station bike shelter into its new home at the rear of the station building

    Port Glasgow station bike shelter

    Don't worry though, we'll surface the area of the bike shelter temporarily to keep it in use before we finish our surfacing works later in the project.

  • Bike shelter has a new home

    Over the weekend, we relocated the bike shelter to its new home near the station building and installed temporary surfacing around the shelter

    Bike shelter at Port Glasgow station relocated to new home


    Pedestrian access via Willison's Lane is still open while we finish the new Princes Street access ramp.

  • What has been going on behind the scenes

    In many big projects, there are times when it is hard to tell where progress is being made.

    We caught up with Laura and Rod to tell you more about the work you can see happening on the platforms and the stuff you can't! 👷

  • Footbridge trial assembly

    We visited M&S Engineering in Annan who are fabricating the bridge that will soon help provide step-free access at Port Glasgow station.

    Here's Laura and Chris to tell you more about the importance of this visit to M&S Engineering and the kind of checks we carried out.👷

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  • Princes Street ramp completion

    The project achieved a major milestone on Monday. Following our joint inspection with ScotRail, we officially opened the new ramped access to the station's Princes St entrance.

    Princes street entrance, Port Glasgow

    Back in February, we demolished the old taxi office to make way for the new ramp, providing step-free access for the first time at this entrance.

    Port Glasgow Princes Street entrance in February
    Port Glasgow Princes Street entrance in February
    Port Glasgow Princes Street entrance in July
    Port Glasgow Princes Street entrance in July


    The improvements are funded by the @transportgovuk, managed by Transport Scotland, with contributions from Inverclyde Council. It'll benefit station users, in particular those with reduced mobility, children in prams, and those travelling with luggage.

    The ramp, paving, walls, and railings (check out the double-arrow!) have all been finished to a high standard. New lighting and CCTV covers the ramp too. Work continues inside the station on the new footbridge and lifts. Well done team!

  • Local councillor and community council reps visit station to mark ramp completion

    Councillor Cassidy, the vice-convener of environment and regeneration for Inverclyde Council accompanied Tommy Rodger and Anne Ross from Port Glasgow West Community Council came to site to mark the completion of this part of the works.

    Read the full press release here.

  • Footbridge and lift-tower installation takes place

    90-tonne steel structure was craned in to Port Glasgow station

    Network Rail engineers worked through the night to install the two-story footbridge and lift towers.

    The structure was delivered onto Inverclyde Council’s park-and-ride car park at Highholm Avenue before it was craned section at a time into position on the station platforms.

    At 16m tall, and weighing more than 25 tonnes, the lift tower for Platform 2 was the longest and heaviest section to be installed.

    Here are some other facts and figures:

    • Number of hours for off-site design & fabrication of lift shaft & bridge steelwork (approx.)

    5750

    • Total weight of steelwork fabricated and installed

    90 tonnes

    • Number of steel components in structure

    2369

    • Number of fixing bolts used

    1000

    • Number of lifts to complete the steel installation

    13

    Read the full press release here

  • November progress update

    As we approach the final stages of this project, our teams have been working hard to get everything ready before the lifts are due to open next month. This has included installing wayfinding signs on the new structure, which you may have noticed.

    Here's a look at some of the other progress.

    Additional drainage was installed around the new staircases before surfacing took place.

    A new retaining wall on Wilison's Lane was cast following the installation of the lift towers and stairs and brick facing is now nearing completion.

    Lift rooms were painted and clad ready for doors to be fitted before our specialised team began installing lift equipment.

    And here's a photo from this week's site visit from Highholm Avenue Park and Ride car park, featuring the lift tower with new signage, and a lovely view across the water in the background, complete with a rainbow.

  • Celebration marks official opening of new fully accessible footbridge and lifts

    Scotland’s Railway and friends from the community gathered on Friday (December 1) to celebrate the official opening of Port Glasgow station’s £5m footbridge and lifts.

    The new footbridge allows passengers a safe route over the railway, with lifts providing step-free access to and from the platforms. The lift on platform 2 elevates to a second floor, bringing passengers to and from the Highholm Avenue park and ride car park.

    As part of the opening ceremony, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the station by Sylvia MacLeod, widow of former councillor, Jim MacLeod, alongside Andrew and Angela Hurrell whose daughter Stephanie passed away in 2020. Both Jim and Stephanie were known locally for their efforts to improve accessibility in the Port Glasgow area.

    Also present were members of Port Glasgow West Community Council (PGWCC) who have also campaigned for access improvements in recent years.

    Read the full press release here.

  • Final work programme outlined in neighbour letter

    We've written to our lineside neighbours at Port Glasgow station to inform them of the final phase of works in the accessibility project.

    A detailed work programme, which includes the removal of the old footbridge, staircase and landings, is included in the letter.

    Port Glasgow final phase of work image

    Please note, train services at Port Glasgow are expected to be affected by planned works taking place elsewhere on the line on the weekends of 9-12 February and 16-19 February. Passengers planning on travelling these weekends are reminded to check their journey at nationalrail.co.uk.

    Our teams are taking advantage of this line closure to remove the old bridge from Port Glasgow station during the first weekend of work.

    More information will be available on this in the coming weeks.

  • Preparations for removal of old bridge taking place

    With the new, fully accessible footbridge and lifts being opened, our teams have turned their attention to slowly stripping back the old bridge when they returned to site after the Christmas break.

    Old bridge stripped back prior to removal at Port Glasgow
    Old bridge stripped back prior to removal at Port Glasgow

    Here are some photographs of progress so far.

  • Reminder - station and car park closure this weekend

    Please note, train services at Port Glasgow station are expected to be affected by planned works taking place elsewhere on the line on the weekends of 9-12 February and 16-19 February 2024.

    Passengers planning on travelling these weekends are reminded to check their journey at nationalrail.

    Port Glasgow station and car park closed in Feb for bridge removal

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    Our teams are taking advantage of this line closure to remove the old bridge from Port Glasgow station during the first weekend of work.

    The car park on Highholm Avenue will be closed during this time (from 7am 9 February – 8am 13 February). Signage has been installed in advance to remind station users.

    Port Glasgow station entrances will be closed both weekends.

  • Removal of footbridge marks final step in project

    The old footbridge at Port Glasgow station was successfully removed over the course of the weekend (9-12 February).

    Port Glasgow project nears completion



    It had connected platforms one and two at the station but was taken out of use in December 2023, at the same time as the new fully accessible footbridge and lifts opened.

    During the weekend, our teams worked to remove the staircase and tower on platform 1. Read more here.

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.