Net­work Rail be­gin £7m bridges re­furb

Driv­ers face delays as roads are closed dur­ing works

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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