A year-long project to upgrade a rail bridge has reached the halfway point – but local businesses say some may not survive another six months.
The Larbert crossing closed in February, meaning motorists have a long detour to get from one side of the Main Street to the other and many avoid the area altogether.
As soon as the road shut, businesses owners saw their footfall plummet and their taking suffer.
The bridge is due to re-open in December and Libby Wright from Libby’s Fashion, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in April, says it can’t come soon enough.
“You have 30 years in business and then are faced with this,’’ she complained.
“We’ve had a very difficult year and if it wasn’t for our loyal customers who have been still making the effort to shop with us, I don’t know where we’d be.
“Things have got even worse since Larbert Village Primary closed for the holidays as there are even less people around.
“Some businesses have started closing early and I don’t know if everyone will still be open in December when the road finally reopens.”
A spokesman from Network Rail said: “The work at Larbert Rail Bridge is running on schedule and we are approaching an intense phase to build the second half of the bridge.
“We thank local residents and businesses for their patience.”
There will be overnight weekend work at the site on August 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 with noise and disruption expected.
The Larbert Town Centre Facebook page details special offers and promotions for all the businesses affected by the closure. Visit www.facebook.com/larbertlocals for more information.