10 OUT OF AC­TION Bridge closed af­ter stonework col­lapse

Blow for driv­ers who use back road to Hamil­ton

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Findlay

Driv­ers in East Kil­bride face weeks of dis­rup­tion af­ter large chunks of a busy bridge col­lapsed.

Piles of ma­sonry have fallen away from the Ne­w­house­mill Bridge and it was closed on Mon­day evening for in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be car­ried out.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say the bridge will now be closed for sev­eral weeks.

It is un­der­stood the dam­age was spot­ted sev­eral days be­fore the bridge was closed and lo­cal res­i­dents have been com­plain­ing for some time that the nar­row bridge is un­able to cope with the vol­ume of traf­fic us­ing the back road be­tween East Kil­bride and Hamil­ton.

One con­cerned driver told the News: “There is a very nar­row sin­gle file bridge on the back road be­tween Hamil­ton and East Kil­bride.

“The vol­ume of traf­fic is ob­vi­ously far greater than ever in­tended for such a wee bridge, and the pic­ture of the dam­age clearly shows it is near to col­lapse.”

Con­ser­va­tion group Calder­glen and Calder­wood Cas­tle His­tory posted on their Face­book page: “Let’s hope that this well-used trans­port link and his­toric listed build­ing in our coun­try park gets re­me­dial works asap.”

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “We be­came aware yes­ter­day of dam­age to one of the wing­walls at Ne­w­house­mill Bridge on the ap­proach from East Kil­bride.

“The bridge has been closed while we con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ex­tent of both the dam­age and the con­se­quent re­pair work.

“At this point it is not known ex­actly how long the bridge will be closed, but early in­di­ca­tions are that it will be for sev­eral weeks.

“We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience that may be caused for driv­ers dur­ing the course of this work, but the re­pairs will en­sure that the bridge re­mains safe and op­er­a­tional into the fu­ture and we will en­deav­our to min­imise the time of clo­sure as much as pos­si­ble.”

Pile of rub­ble Large chunks of stonework have col­lapsed at Ne­w­house­mill Bridge. Pic by Dave Brown

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