Edinburgh bridge with history of being struck by cars set for £250,000 investment

Network Rail

NETWORK Rail is to install a collision protection beam on a bridge on Balgreen Road in Edinburgh to reduce the risk of damage should the crossing be hit by vehicles.

The £250,000 investment will see the beam reduce the risk of structural damage and potential disruption to rail services.

It comes on the back of the crossing having a ‘history of incidents’ of drivers failing to observe the height restriction leading them to drive into the structure – with the bridge ranking second in Scotland for the sum of minutes lost to collisions over the last ten years, with six registered bridge strikes.

A spokesman for Network Rail said, “The beam will provide protection to a bridge which has a history of being struck by vehicles whose drivers do not observe the height restriction warning signs that are clearly visible on the structure and on the approach to it.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this essential work which is necessary to protect the structure as part of our commitment to provide a safe and reliable railway.”