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Work progressing well on Glasgow viaduct refurbishment

Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

Work progressing well on Glasgow viaduct refurbishment

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Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

The first phase of a £2.5m investment to improve three railway bridges in Glasgow’s West End is complete.

Engineers from Network Rail have cleaned, repaired and repainted the bridge over Ferry Road, in the Yorkhill area of the city, over the last three months.

Old paint was grit-blasted from the steel structure so that its condition could be examined in detail followed by repairs on the metal and stonework.

It was then repainted and further work will now be carried out to the two adjoining bridges, including the structure carrying the railway over the River Kelvin – the busiest section of railway in Scotland.

While there will be secure fencing around the work site, access along National Cycle Route 75 and the walking route to the Riverside Museum will be maintained.

Amanda Naughton, Network Rail’s project manager for the viaduct work said: “We’re really pleased to have completed the work on the Ferry Road bridge. Importantly, this was finished on time and our contractors can now move to the next stage of the refurbishment.

“Repairing and repainting these bridges will extend their lifespan and help us to continue to run a safe and reliable railway over one of the busiest and most visible sections of track in Scotland.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding from those living nearby while we carry out this important work.”

The bridges, visible from the Clydeside Expressway, are around 120 years old and carry trains on both the Argyle and North Clyde Lines to and from Partick station. This section of railway sees around 28 trains per hour at peak time, making it one of the busiest in Scotland.

Notes to Editors

Anyone with questions about the work can contact Network Rail’s national helpline on 03457 11 41 41

The three bridges are being refurbished together, with a total investment of £2.5m, as part of an ongoing structural modernisation programme to protect and improve the rail network. The individual cost breakdown for each structure is (approx.):

  • Ferry Road underbridge: £445,000
  • Yorkhill Viaduct: £709,000
  • Kelvin Viaduct: £1,300,000

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain’s railway infrastructure; that’s 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK’s largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country’s train operating companies.

Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain’s railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation’s railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced – a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

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