North East MSP Mike Rumbles and Broughty Ferry Councillor Craig Duncan have welcomed a Network Rail investment of £50,000 to restore and waterproof the Gray Street underpass at Broughty Ferry Railway Station.
The refurbishment which is due to be completed by the first week in March, will include a new ‘innovative waterproofing technique’ offering a long lasting cost effective solution to ongoing issues with the underpass.
Commenting, Mr Rumbles said: “I was disappointed by the withdrawal of some rail services from Broughty Ferry last year and wrote to the Scottish Government’s transport secretary to make him aware of the impact of removing services from the area. Smaller stations like the one in Broughty Ferry are often at the back of the queue for restoration but are vital for communities as a local transport connection. So I’m delighted that Network Rail are making this long term investment in the station.
Cllr Duncan added: “Flooding in the underpass has been an issue for as long as I can remember and I campaigned on this issue long before becoming a local councillor, including raising a petition with 800 signatures.
“This is a major investment and I am very much looking forward to seeing this work complete but there is still more work that needs to be done to improve the station and our public transport network as a whole. I will continue to press for further improvements, including the installation of ticket machines and the addition of extra, ideally covered, seats at the station.”
Notes for editors:
· Information provided by Network Rail to MSPs on 29th January 2020:
Network Rail are investing £50,000 on this project to ensure the structural integrity of the underpass and have worked closely with Dundee City Council to show our commitment in providing a better, more reliable Railway to the people of Broughty Ferry and further afield.
It has been agreed with our specialist contractor that these works will commence 3rd February immediately following the extensive track renewal and level crossing investment currently being carried out at Broughty Ferry.
I appreciate this may look to the public as if the current works being carried out are running over the anticipated completion date. The main reason for holding off until this date was to maintain a means of access to the centre of Broughty Ferry and Platform 1 for passengers using the railway. To mitigate this closure we will display information boards explaining the closure 5 days before works commence.
This new innovative waterproofing technique offers a long lasting cost effective solution to the ongoing issues at Broughty Ferry Underpass. The procedure involves drilling a significant number of holes in the structure and we run the risk of defacing some of the glazed brickwork on this listed structure. We plan on sourcing matching glazed brick so we can replace the small amount that become damaged or are already missing.
These works are focused on waterproofing the walls of the underpass to prevent the ingress of water. However, we run the risk of diverting the water on to the trough deck and in turn allowing water to penetrate the underpass roof, effectively moving the problem instead of solving it. If this is the case we will be required to carry out the gel fill process to the trough deck at a later date.
The Contractor has stated it would have been far easier to remove the brickwork, install the Gel and replace the brick with brand new brick, however as this is a listed structure this is not possible. Once all Gel works are complete we will re install the raised steel deck plates and wash down walls and reopen the underpass.