The new station at Reston in the Scottish Borders is taking shape after the footbridge over the East Coast main line has been installed.
The £20 million project is being delivered by BAM Nuttall, which craned the six bridge sections into place over the weekend of 25-26 September 2021 during an extended closure of the line, with teams working around the clock during a 54-hour window. The largest section, the main bridge span, was 16 metres long and 6.5 metres wide and weighed more than 28 tonnes.
The bridge sections, including the main, upper and lower spans and the two lift shafts had been delivered to site under police escort from Coatbridge via the M8 and A1, before negotiating the narrow streets of Reston village to get to site.
In addition to the installation of the bridge, work was also carried out to upgrade the overhead lines through the new station to make the most of the access to the line.
When it is complete, the new station at Reston will have two platforms, each 260 metres long to accommodate 10-car trains, on either side of the East Coast main line. The platforms will be joined by the accessible footbridge which will also access the 70-space car park.
The new station replaces the original Reston station, opened in 1846, which closed in 1964.
Lisa McKenna, Network Rail project manager for the Reston station development, said: “Installation of the footbridge marks a major milestone for the project’s delivery and we are grateful to the team at Reston for completing this challenging element of the project safely and efficiently.
“The bridge and lifts will help deliver easy local access to East Coast Mainline services and will make this area more attractive for inward investment and housing growth, which will both support local communities and the economy.
“Work will now continue, both on the bridge and the wider station development, which will help open Reston to new opportunities and transform this community.”
Jerry Dickson, operations manager for contractor BAM Nuttall, added: “We’re delighted to be underway in creating another brand new station for Scotland’s Railway.
“BAM has a proud history in delivering new rail infrastructure in the Scottish Borders and we’re looking forward to helping even more of the region to access rail transport.”