New station footbridge opens at Addiewell.(Network Rail)

New station footbridge opens at Addiewell

Addiewell Station Footbridge.(Network Rail Image)

Passengers arriving at Addiewell this morning will have noticed a significant difference in their station with the removal of the old and opening of the new station footbridge.

The new bridge spans 11.7m to connect the platforms and sits 5.6m above the rails to deliver the clearance for running wires to enable the safe electrification of the line.  It has been constructed next to the existing bridge and although lifts are not being installed as part of this programme, the design has made provision for this to happen in the future.

With the new footbridge complete and ready to open, a 100t crane was on site over the weekend to remove the 10t cast iron bridge, stairs and supporting columns from the station. It was cut and lifted out in five sections, before being broken up and removed from site.

Pedestrian access was maintained between platforms as the existing footbridge remained open throughout the works during station opening times. The footbridge was only  closed at night to enable work on the new bridge – constructed immediately to the west of the old structure.

The project was delivered from a purpose-built site compound established adjacent to the station car park in June 2017 and completed over an eight month period. This project is part of wider work on the Shotts line being delivered by Network Rail ahead of the electrification of the route by 2019.

Kevin McClelland, route delivery director for infrastructure projects, said:

“We are reaching the end of route clearance activities on the project where we have cleared structures on the route from being an obstruction to the safe running of the overhead wires which enable electrification.

“This new footbridge at Addiewell will enhance the amenity of the station and the design offers the potential to install lifts in the future to deliver full accessibility”.

The work at Addiewell station was being delivered by contractor Bam Nuttall on behalf of Network Rail.

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