Network Rail begin £7m bridges refurb
Drivers face delays as roads are closed during works
Drivers could face more delays as a £7million refurbishment programme gets underway to repair railway bridges across Dumbarton and Alexandria.
Network Rail - responsible for the multi-million pound project – have began extensive repairs on 11 structures across the town as part of a Railway Upgrade Plan which is set to continue until 2019.
The transport giant has said that, to deliver the programme safely and efficiently, roads surrounding some of the bridges will need to be closed to vehicles.
Bank Street in Alexandria was previously closed for seven weeks in August to carry out extensive repairs to the overhead railway bridge.
Engineers have already finished work on five structures including addressing drainage issues within Dalreoch tunnel and the £1.2m refurbishment of Leven viaduct.
Work on a further two structures at Buchanan Street, Dumbarton and Bank Street, Alexandria will be complete by the end of November taking the programme passed the half way point.
Plans for a £1m refurbishment of the railway bridge at Church Street Dumbarton are also set to begin early next year.
Network Rail is working with West Dunbartonshire Council to put in place road closures and traffic management to support the safe delivery of the work on the bridges.
The bridge refurbishment work in the Dumbarton area is part of a wider rolling programme of maintenance, and can include drainage work, deck replacements, steel strengthening, and painting.
Billy McKay, Network Rail programme manager for the bridge refurbishments in the Dumbarton area, said: “We will shortly complete work on two of the bridges on the programme which takes us past the half way point of the work to refurbish these structures in and around Dumbarton.
“We have a responsibility to maintain and preserve these bridges, not just for the safe and efficient operation of the railway, but also how they look in their setting for those travelling on the railway or on the road network below.
“The refurbishment of the bridges and tunnels helps ensure that they serve their purpose for decades to come as well as improving their appearance in the communities they serve.
“While we appreciate that road closures is inconvenient, we are grateful for the patience of the local community as we deliver this important investment in the railway.
“We are sure that the improvements on these structures will be welcomed by the many people who drive under them, or travel over them by rail.”
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie has welcomed the “essential upgrades” to the bridges.
She said: “I was delighted to meet Network Rail to discuss their £7million project to refurbish the rail network.
“These upgrades are essential if we want to deliver a more reliable rail service for local passengers in future.
“The work on the bridge on Buchanan Street is almost complete and the newlook bridge improves the outlook of the area for both nearby residents and drivers. I know that many local railway bridges have become an eyesore in recent years, partly due to nesting pigeons, so local residents will also be pleased to hear that the bridges will be fitted with pest control measures.”
Upgrades The ongoing work in Buchanan Street, Dumbarton