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Published on : Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The work is part of a programme to increase the height between the railway track and bridges on the route ahead of the electrification of the Shotts line by March 2019.Part of the Scottish Government’s programme of electrification happening all across central Scotland, the work is being delivered by Network Rail.
Network Rail will hold a community drop-in between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 7th September in the Station Hotel where local people can come along and find out more about the project; what is happening when and where and can ask any questions direct to the project team.
The demolition of the bridge on Station Road and its reconstruction is one of the largest and most complicated projects in the route clearance programme – which is why the road needs to close for an extended period from 11 September 2016 until August 2017.
Although the physical work to demolish and reconstruct the bridge does not take 11 months, there is a prolonged period required to initially divert and then reinstate the various utilities which run over the structure. This work is essential to maintain supply of water, electricity, gas, broadband etc to the village and time has to be factored into the programme to ensure this can happen.
Pedestrian access (and for cyclists who dismount) will be maintained throughout via a temporary footbridge which will be installed early in the project.Michelle McCaig, Network Rail project manager, said: “Delivering the work at Station Road in Shotts will mark a significant step towards delivering the required height clearance to safely run the overhead line electrification (OHLE) power cables ahead of the electrification of the line by March 2019.
“It’s among the longest and most challenging bridge clearance projects we have in the programme and its location adds to the complexity of delivering the work safely and efficiently.
“We appreciate there will be disruption as a result of this work – particularly as there is a prolonged period where the road will be closed – but we thank the public for their ongoing patience and support as we deliver this important strategic investment in Scotland’s railway.”