Work complete on £4.7m upgrade of bridge in Glasgow’s east end

Network Rail

STORY Contracting has completed a £4.7 million improvement project to refurbish the Clyde Viaduct between Rutherglen and Dalmarnock in Glasgow.

Delivered on behalf of Network Rail, the year-long programme involved engineers undertaking work to install a new track and waterproofing system, steel strengthening and repair work, as well as repainting the structure.

Originally built in 1897 and widened in 1923, the improvements have been delivered as part of a rolling programme of refurbishment and renewals designed to keep Scotland’s Railway safe and reliable.

Suzanne McKay, scheme project manager, said, “This significant investment not only improves the look of the structure but will help to extend its lifespan as work on this scale won’t be required for at least another 25 years. Some of our work had to be carried out at night when trains were not running and we are very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience during this time.”

Over the course of the project, approximately 300 metres of track was renewed. Grit blasting eliminated old paint and rust before engineers installed more than 10 tonnes of new steelwork to the bridge deck and parapets to strengthen the structure.

More than 12,000 hours were worked to complete the project, with around 225 tonnes of grit and more than 5,000 litres of paint used.