The flooring at Aberdeen Railway Station is to be replaced because it is too slippy.
Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotrail Alliance, told a Nestrans board meeting that the surface at the city centre transport hub is “non-compliant” with safety standards.
The new non-slip flooring has been included as part of a £16 million refurbishment project. It is understood the travel body has identified the polished surfaces of the station as a “slip hazard”.
At the meeting, which brings together politicians from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Mr Hynes said: “We’re going to replace the floor, because it’s actually non-compliant with the latest standards.
“That does give us issues around customer accidents, so we’ll be replacing the floor.”
ScotRail says it does not hold details of the number of accidents that have taken place in the station due to the flooring.
Of the £16m investment, £9m will be spent repairing the roof, with the remaining £7m going towards improving the retail offering in the railway station.
Work has already started on the roofing.
Mr Hynes said: “Essentially, we are looking to improve the quality of the retail within the station, giving people more places to eat, drink and shop. We’ll be improving the ticketing areas and the waiting facilities as well.
“We’ll also be adding more space for cycle storage, as well as improving the taxi rank. It’s something that we’re very excited about.”
A ScotRail spokesman said: “The redevelopment of Aberdeen station will see significant enhancements in retail alongside a new ticket office, new first-class lounge, and new concourse flooring.
“The investment we are making – in the redevelopment of Aberdeen and Inverness stations, the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement programme, and in InterCity trains connecting Scotland’s seven cities – means it’s an exciting time for this part of the country.”
Mr Hynes spoke before Aberdeen City Council’s planning development control committee which unanimously approved plans to refurbish the facade at the front of the station.
In light of the committee’s decision, a spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are currently investing £9m in a 12-month programme to refurbish the station roof and replace its existing glass panels.
“These improvements will reduce future maintenance needs at the station and improve the overall station environment.”