Work to get underway on £12.6m bridge rebuild in Glasgow’s southside

Network Rail

PRELIMINARY work is set to get underway on a £12.6 million bridge rebuild project in the southside of Glasgow.

The Network Rail project will see the bridge that carries Shields Road over the railway demolished and rebuilt by summer 2024. When complete, Network Rail said that the bridge will be stronger, wider, and better able to handle the size and volume of traffic that needs to travel over it.

Preliminary work will see the diversion of a range of utilities that cross the structure, followed by demolition of the existing bridge deck and repairs to bridge abutments. Engineers will replace the bridge deck and utilities will be reconnected ahead of it fully reopening to traffic next year.

Shields Road will close to traffic from Monday next week (August 28) as a result of the works.

Laura Craig, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said, “We’re very grateful to those living near and those who use Shields Road for their feedback so far on the impact of this road closure. There is never an ideal time to close such a significant part of the road network and we also understand the impact that this will have on those living on the proposed diversion route.

“We’ll deliver this project, along with our contractors and with Glasgow City Council, with the minimum possible inconvenience for nearby residents and those who use Shields Road.”