A businessman says he is losing up to £700 a week because of a partial road closure and is worried it will get worse when it closes completely.
Graham Sneddon, who owns the New York Pizza Company in Brightons’ Waggon Road, claims his takings have slumped since temporary lights were put up in Redding Road as Network Rail raise the height of the bridge at the Tesco store to electrify the line.
The road is due to close from next Friday (March 21) until September and Mr Sneddon fears his and other local businesses will suffer.
He said: “I’m already down £200 on a Friday night alone and about £700 a week sometimes and that’s before the road is shut off. It’s a big hit.
“Not one person from Network rail has contacted any of the local businesses that will be affected and there is no compensation for lost earnings. I will struggle even more when the road is closed.”
Residents in the area are concerned about the congestion the closure will cause as the road is the main artery linking the Braes with workplaces and shops in Falkirk. Pedestrian access will be maintained with a temporary footbridge.
Suggested diversions are lengthy and go through Laurieston and Polmont and all the way up to the Bowhouse roundabout at Maddiston, but the fear is drivers taking other local routes, clogging up residential streets at peak times.
Maddiston Community Council convenor John Wotherspoon said: “The diversions are limited because of the road network in the area. People are also worried about the response times for emergency services.”
Network Rail say once the Glasgow-Edinburgh line is electrified Falkirk commuters will benefit from faster journeys and a more reliable, greener service.
A spokesman said: “We realise that there will be some disruption for the community during this time and we appreciate their understanding and patience as we work to enhance the railway.”
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “If necessary, we can introduce temporary on-street parking restrictions. We would ask the public to allow more time for their journeys, particularly at peak times, around this area.
“The emergency services have confirmed with Network Rail that they have no concerns about response times with the proposed traffic management arrangements. We will monitor the surrounding local road network throughout the works.”