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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Station bridge will be removed this weekend

DUMFRIES Station’s footbridge will permanently close after the last train through the station tonight.

The structure, which connects platforms one and two at the station, is set to be removed for good tomorrow.

And the new bridge won’t be in place until next summer.

It’s all part of the project to provide step-free access at the station, making it easier for those with limited mobility or travelling with children, luggage or cycles to move between the platforms.

Train services will continue to operate as normal during the work and a diversion route along St Mary Street will be in operation to take passengers between the platforms at this time, with everyone asked to leave additional time for their journey as a result.

Meanwhile, platform two’s car park closed on Wednesday to enable preparatory work ahead of the removal and will reopen on Monday.

Amanda Naughton, Network Rail’s project manager for the Dumfries Access for All project, said: “We need to close the footbridge at Dumfries to allow us to safely carry out the next phase of work to deliver the new bridge in the station.

“The closure of the bridge is permanent and is unavoidable to allow us to complete our work on the new bridge – which is due to open in summer 2024.

“We understand that having to take a longer route between the platforms is inconvenient and we would like to thank the local people for their patience and understanding as we carry out this work.”

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