East Lothian

Dunbar Station

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The Project

The new platform is being constructed on the Down Line (northbound) to provide increased capacity and improve operational flexibility on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) with the introduction of new Hitachi Azuma and Class 385 rolling stock by LNER and Abellio ScotRail (ASR) respectively. Step-free access is being provided between the platforms via the new footbridge and lifts.

Following appointment AmcoGiffen worked with its lead consultant, AECOM, to develop the finalised designs and secure all necessary technical approvals from Network Rail and other stakeholders, notably East Lothian Council.

Dunbar is currently a single platform Station located on a bi-directional loop adjacent to the ECML through lines and is 46km from Edinburgh Waverley. Passenger numbers are now approaching 500,000 per annum. It is staffed and operated by ASR.

Works are located not just in a busy station environment but also within a town centre location with a range of sensitive users including religious, commercial and occupied housing adjoining the working areas. Part of the existing car park has been temporarily closed to facilitate safe working with the compound established in the station yard.

Scope of works

  • Multi-discipline D&B contract including; Civils, Structures, M&E, P-Way, Telecoms
  • New Down Platform: 4m wide and 271m long to accommodate 11 car Azuma trains
  • Bridge & Lifts: a new 30m single span footbridge on piled foundations with lifts is to provide access between the existing and new platform
  • Track: the existing track was on a significant curve
    through the Station and was over approximately 300m to reduce the existing cant to accommodate the new platform
  • Alterations to OLE and S&T were undertaken, including new portal structures and foundations