Photo by Tam Nugent
A FOOTBRIDGE was lifted into place at Inverkip Station over the weekend.
The work, involving two cranes, had to be carried out overnight when there were no trains running in order to maintain safety.
The footbridge is being paid for by Stuart Milne Homes as a condition of planning permission given for the company’s housing development south of the railway line.
In order to meet the Disability Discrimination Act, a lift is being provided fitted with cameras which will be monitored by rail staff. The lift has still to be installed.
Photo by Innes Nelson
Local councillor Innes Nelson said “It is my understanding that this is the first time that Network Rail have allowed a lift to be fitted at an unmanned station. The bridge is due to be opened to the public later this summer.”
He added: “There was a footbridge built at Inverkip Station in the early 1900s to allow passengers to reach the down platform when the line was doubled up. This was removed in the 1960s when the route reverted back to single track with only the one platform at Inverkip.
"The new footbridge and car park will not only allow residents from the Hill Farm area of Inverkip to access train services but should also help alleviate the congestion problems we have seen around Station Road and Kip Avenue in recent times."