Two Edinburgh city centre bridges to undergo repair works in January

Network Rail

A £1.7 million project to repair and repaint two railway bridges in Edinburgh city centre is to get underway in January, Network Rail has announced.

The works will see grit blasting, steelwork repairs, steel strengthening and painting on the bridges at Calton Road and New Street.

Network Rail said the work is designed to enhance and protect the structures against the elements for up to two decades.

Christina Thomson, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said, “The investment we’re making in the bridges will not only extend their lifespans but will allow us to continue running a safe and reliable railway in and around Edinburgh. We’re pleased to confirm that while New Street will close during the second phase of the works, Calton Road will remain open throughout the project, with a lane closure in place.

“Drivers should plan their journeys in advance as some delays may occur while the lane and road closures are in place. We are thankful to the community for their patience and understanding while we carry out these essential works.”

Ahead of the project beginning, Network Rail has organised an online public information event on Thursday December 9 to offer members of the public the chance to ask questions directly to members of the project team. Slots can be booked by clicking here.