Bridge in Old Kilpatrick to be demolished and replaced

The temporary bridge being installed

NETWORK Rail is to begin work to demolish and replace the bridge over the railway on Dumbarton Road in Old Kilpatrick in August.

The rail management firm said that the new replacement bridge will strengthen and safeguard the route for the long-term, following the deterioration of the current structure – which left it ‘unsuitable’ for the weight and volume of daily traffic.

Last year, Network Rail invested £1 million into the build of a temporary Bailey Bridge, which currently sits over the old structure and allows traffic to continue using the route.

Jeremy Spence, programme manager for the bridge replacement works, said, “Our investment in the temporary Bailey Bridge allowed the route to remain open to traffic for the last year, however, we now need to replace the existing structure with a permanent bridge that will benefit the community in the long-term.

“We understand that there will be some disruption in the short-term to road users and nearby communities. And, while the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic until November, we are pleased that we’ll be able to keep it open to pedestrians for the vast majority of the works.

“We are very grateful to all road users and the wider community for their patience while we carry out this vital work.”