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Bridge work in Falkirk means months of disruption

Bridges will be closed in Larbert and Redding to enable work to take place ahead of electrification. Picture: Gary Hutchison (133015)

Bridges will be closed in Larbert and Redding to enable work to take place ahead of electrification. Picture: Gary Hutchison (133015)

 

Neighbours face months of disruption when work to raise the height of railway bridges in their villages gets under way.

Residents in Larbert and Redding will be hit in the new year as Network Rail moves in to replace the bridges on Larbert Main Street and Redding Road in Polmont.

The projects will start in February and mean both will be closed to traffic until September forcing hundreds of drivers to take detours to reach their destinations.

The works are part of Network Rail’s plans to electrify the railway, initially between Edinburgh and Glasgow and eventually beyond the central belt.

The bridges have to be replaced to ensure they are high enough above the rails to allow the electric cables to be hung underneath safely.

The road, pedestrian and station bridges at Larbert will be closed. A temporary pedestrian bridge will be installed, but, for safety reasons, access will be restricted for several weekends.

Network Rail has warned that, because it is required to cause as little disruption to train services as possible, a lot of the work will be carried out during the night and at weekends. It admits because of the equipment it will be bringing in some disturbance is “unavoidable”.

Information evenings have been arranged for the public to meet the experts and have their questions answered.

In Larbert they will be held at the Network Rail training centre at Muirhall Road on Monday, November 25; Monday, January 13; and Tuesday, January 21; between 3.30 and 7.30 p.m., and in Reddingmuirhead Community Centre between the same times on November 28, December 10 and January 14.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.”

Network Rail completed similar work at 23 bridges in 2012 and just finished raising the bridge at Meeks Road.

The company says extending electrification right across Central Scotland is key to unlocking additional capacity, reducing congestion and ensuring longer trains with more seats.

Passengers will benefit from faster journey times to Glasgow and Edinburgh with a more reliable and resilient service on quicker, quieter and greener trains.

 

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