We’re improving accessibility at Scunthorpe station as part of the Government Inclusive Transport Strategy.
We will install a new footbridge and two new 16-person lifts either side of the footbridge to deliver accessible routes to and between platforms one and two. We are opening up access to rail journeys not only for those with reduced mobility, but also people with children, heavy luggage or shopping.
To allow for the replacement of the existing footbridge, a temporary footbridge will be installed towards the opposite end of the platforms (towards the barrow crossing) while the new permanent footbridge is installed in place of the existing one.
Improvements to the station will also include installing new CCTV, lights, way finding signs and providing updates to the current PA systems. This work will start on site in early October 2018 and last approximately 6 months, with a completion date of April 2019.
Images 1 and 2: Engineers' 3-D impression of the completed footbridge
This scheme forms part of the wider Great North Rail Project (GNRP) – a rail industry effort to deliver better stations, track and trains across the North by 2020.
Will there be any impact to train services?
There will be no disruption to train services while work takes place and access to and from the station will remain open as normal. Due to the limited space, site cabins will be located in the station car park. The number of car park spaces will reduce slightly following the work, as the disabled parking bays will need to be moved slightly in order to accommodate the access gate to the lift shaft on Platform 1.
What can the local community expect during the work?
Work will begin on site in early October and will include setting up of the site compound followed by associated preparation work. Whilst it is anticipated that during certain parts of the work there will be some noise, such as during the installation of the lift shafts, and the construction of the temporary footbridge, conducting work during the day should help to reduce disruption for local residents whilst it takes place.
Funding for this programme has been provided by the Department for Transport (DfT), as part of their Access for All initiative which sees stations improved across Great Britain. For more information please visit www.networkrail.co.uk/accessforall