Light at the end of tunnel for new bridge

Councillors David May (left) and Mark Salmond examine Network Rail's plans on the site of the station's new bridge.'Staff photo
Councillors David May (left) and Mark Salmond examine Network Rail's plans on the site of the station's new bridge.'Staff photo

THE WAIT for Montrose station’s new pedestrian bridge could soon reach the end of the line.

Local councillors have received an assurance from Network Rail that the £2 million project to replace the current Victorian bridge with a disabled-friendly structure will start in early summer. It follows meetings last week between Network Rail officials and councillors David May, Mark Salmond and Paul Valentine.

The new bridge, with lifts at either end, will be located at the south end of the station next to the car park. The project has been held up for years due to concerns over the structure interfering with drivers’ sighting of a signal.

Preliminary work has now started and contractors’ site offices have also been installed. A joint project between Network Rail and Transport Scotland, the scheme will be funded from the UK Government’s Department of Transport Access for all funding pot.

Councillor May said: “I’m relieved that the project has now been awarded and I hope the arrival of the contractors’ offices and the preparatory works that have already begun on site will reassure local residents that this long overdue project is now a reality.”

And Councillor Salmond added the process has been “a long haul” for everyone involved.

He said: “This has been a real community effort and I know the new access lift system and walkway will now bring Montrose Station into the 21st century and be welcomed by residents and visitors alike.”

Mr Valentine also voiced his delight that the project has finally begun.

He said: “I’m delighted that Network Rail have managed to bring this project to fruition. I have been working, along with colleagues, to try to move this project forward. However, I acknowledge that this was not as a result of political intervention but was because of the timescales that Network Rail were working to.”