NETWORK Rail is to begin £3.8 million repair works on a rail bridge spanning the A8 at Saltmarket in Glasgow city centre.
The 12-month project, which will run from August 15 until September next year, will include essential repairs to extend the lifespan of the bridge which is more than 150-years-old.
Network Rail said that rivet-busting, grit-blasting, metalwork repairs, and painting will be undertaken on the wrought-iron structure, which provides a route for freight traffic and a diversion route for passenger trains to Shields Depot where they are stabled and cleaned.
Suzanne McKay, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said, “Vital maintenance and renewals work such as the work at Saltmarket bridge helps Network Rail continue to run a safe and reliable railway throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas. This essential work will not only greatly improve the look of the 150-years old structure but will extend its lifespan for up to two decades.
“We appreciate the impact of our activity will have on those living closest to the bridge and while we will do all we can to minimise this, we are limited in terms of what measures can be put in place to mitigate against some the nosier elements generated by the heavier engineering. We are grateful to the community for their patience while we complete this vital improvement work.”