Bonnybridge crossings officially opened

MSP Michael Matheson joins workers and locals to officially open the Greenhill Road bridges
MSP Michael Matheson joins workers and locals to officially open the Greenhill Road bridges

Two new bridges were officially opened this week after the £2.1 million of work for the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) finished over a month early.

Work on the renewed structures at Greenhill Road, Bonnybridge, started in February and had originally been scheduled for completion at the end of September, but Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson was on hand, along with EGIP director Rodger Quern, to cut the ribbon and declare the bridges open on Monday.

The work is part of the Scottish Government-funded £742 million project to electrify central Scotland’s rail network. The improvements carried out in Bonnybridge created enough height clearance above the rails to run overhead electrification cables safely below the Greenhill Road bridges.

To mark the early completion of the two links, the EGIP also formed a lasting bond with the local Greenhill Historical Society – donating £500 to the society and presenting it with the former bridge plate OB55.

Alex Blair, EGIP works manager for Greenhill Road, said: “We have welcomed both the local interest and support from the society as we delivered this element of the project.”

The group, which formed in 2008, aims to explore the heritage of Bonnybridge and that includes the railway.

Irene Ryan, society chairperson, said: “We are grateful to the EGIP for its donation to the project. Although we are a historical society, we also have a keen interest in the current and future life of the village, so were very curious about the bridge works.

“We plan to use the donation to part fund the printing costs of the next edition of our magazine, Bonnyseen.”