Residents near a train station face more noise and disruption this weekend when a rail bridge is demolished.
Larbert Rail Bridge will be taken apart this weekend, from next Friday evening, May 16, to the following Monday morning with teams working 24 hours a day to ensure the track is open again for Monday’s commuters.
A temporary pedestrian bridge is in place but Network Rail chiefs warn it will be out of action at points over the weekend to allow the old bridge to be demolished.
Larbert Main Street has been closed at the bridge since February and is not expected to open again until December as part of a £741 million rail upgrading project. The work, which is being carried out by Bam Nuttall on behalf of Network Rail, was due to be completed by September but the team ran into problems weeks into the project.
The replacement of the bridge has caused a headache for local residents who say contractors work at unsocial hours, sometimes throughout the night.
Andrew Duncan owns Hairwayz salon on Larbert Main Street. He started a Facebook page to spread awareness of the businesses suffering due to the road closure which has reached 800 likes.
He said: “ Many of the business are struggling with this closure – some reporting takings are down 40-50 per cent.
“The work is noisy and very dirty, we’re just hoping it’s carried out as soon as possible so things can get back to normal.”
Work will also be carried out on the bridge from May 23-26 and May 30 to June 2 with noise expected throughout the night.