Scotland’s Railway is set to commence construction works on a step-free access between two platforms at Dumfries station, Scotland.

The project is set to begin on 30 October and be completed in mid-2024.

It will see the demolition of the existing footbridge and the installation of a new accessible bridge featuring lifts to platforms 1 and 2.

As part of this improvement scheme, the current footbridge will be closed to the public until the new bridge is completed early next year.

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

Network Rail Dumfries station accessibility improvements scheme project manager Amanda Naughton said: “We are pleased to begin the construction phase of our project to install a new bridge with lifts at Dumfries station.

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“The interest from the community in the project has been great and we are delighted to have developed a bridge design that compliments the station’s unique architecture but improves the passenger experience and delivers modern standards of access for those travelling to or from Dumfries.

“Over the coming months, there will be a significant amount of construction activity at the station, and we thank passengers and those working and living nearby for their patience as we deliver these essential improvements.”

The project aims to make it easier for people with restricted mobility and those travelling with children, baggage, or bicycles to transfer between platforms.

The bridge demolition and reconstruction phase will see temporary modifications to the access of platforms 1 and 2’s respective car parks.