CROY train station’s new, fully-accessible footbridge and lifts have now opened for passengers.
It follows a £3.1 million investment to transform the North Lanarkshire station’s footbridge, lifts, and stairs to allow for step-free access to all platforms.
Delivered by Story Contracting, on behalf of Network Rail, the new layout makes it easier for people with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or cycles to access the platforms on the busy Edinburgh-Glasgow route.
Liam Sumpter, route director at Network Rail Scotland, said, “We are delighted to have completed this investment in Croy station and the new bridge will make the railway easily accessible to even more people in the local community.
“Scotland’s Railway is working closely with Transport Scotland to deliver access improvements at as many stations as possible so we can open up the network and create more travel choices for people across the country.”
As part of Network Rail’s commitment to being a greener, more efficient railway, the project has been ‘exemplary’ in its approach to community engagement and sustainability best practices.
Activities at Croy have included the procurement of electric vehicle charging stations to encourage EV use in substitute of diesel- or petrol-powered vehicles, the use of recycled construction materials such a low-carbon concrete, and the reuse of materials including the refurbishment of metal fencing.
In addition, while the project was ongoing, volunteers gave 200 hours of time as well as £400 of materials to help renovate the Croy Community Hub, which is a local charity space.
Brian O’Hare, contracts manager for Story Scotland, added, “The team worked around the clock to complete the scheme to improve access at Croy station. Collectively we are proud to deliver such an important upgrade which gives residents and passengers the availability of new lifts and a footbridge, meaning that disabled and wheelchair users; the elderly; families with prams and pushchairs; and the many others who find it difficult to access the railway, will have a much safer and easier time now.
“In addition to the engineering works, we were also able to put our Story moto of ‘Doing It Right’ into action, working with the Croy Community Hub charity to refurbish their facility which supports the wellbeing of the local area.”