Traffic headaches in Grangemouth as busy road closes for months

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Motorists face more headaches over coming months as separate traffic and bridge improvements mean the closure of yet another road.

Upgrading works relating to ongoing government funded traffic improvements mean a road closure will be in force from today (Thursday) on the stretch of Grangemouth’s Beancross Road from Earls Gate interchange to Earls Gate Park roundabout from 6 a.m. on Monday to 8 p.m. Friday for the next five weeks.

The work starts just as the nearby Earls Road, which had been closed for upgrading since February 13, opens to traffic again tomorrow (Friday).

This will then be followed by the stretch of Beancross Road from the John Weir Mercedes garage to the Earls Gate Park roundabout being closed to traffic for over four months, from April 23 to late August, so the existing rail bridge can be raised up to deliver the required clearance for trains.

Part of Network Rail’s £38 million initiative to upgrade the Edinburgh to Glasgow line to facilitate the future electrification of the route, planning permission was granted in May last year for the forthcoming Beancross Road works, which follow on from similar projects being carried out on Redding Road, Brightons, and Main Street, Larbert.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “From the end of March we will be undertaking preparatory works ahead of the jacking up of the existing bridge which crosses the railway line at Beancross Road.

“As a result the road will be closed for several months. We have worked with Falkirk Council to agree an alternative traffic diversion route and we will install a temporary pedestrian bridge over the railway lines.”

Members of the public will be able to find out more about the road closure and raise questions at an informal Network Rail drop-in session to be held at Beancross and Newlands Community Hall, Montgomery Street, on Thursday, March 27, from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.