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Cambuslang Road to close for vital bridge refurbishment

Published Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Cambuslang Road rail bridge near the M74 exit

Cambuslang Road in Rutherglen will close for 14 weeks from Monday 20 February for Network Rail works to the bridge.

Network Rail engineers will carry out work to repair and strengthen the railway bridge over the A724 as part of a wider, rolling programme of maintenance work to extend their lifespan and keep the network safe and reliable.

Work on the bridge, near the M74 exit, includes strengthening the main girders and concrete bridge deck, blast cleaning and repairing the metalwork, applying corrosion protection to steelwork, painting the entire bridge, repairing masonry and clearing adjacent vegetation.

To deliver this work safely and efficiently, the road needs to close to vehicles as it is too narrow to allow even single lane traffic. However, pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained throughout the road closure.

Billy McKay, Network Rail programme manager, said: “We know that the A724 is an important access point to the M74 as well as a route for local traffic so we do not take the decision to request its closure lightly.

“We understand the impact that this potentially will have for both road users and those communities adjacent to the proposed diversion route. However, this is the most efficient and safest way to undertake the work required on the bridge.

“Delivering this work, which is part of our UK-wide railway upgrade plan, in just 14 weeks is a logistical challenge but we have planned the job carefully with our contractors and will complete it with the minimum possible inconvenience to the local community.”

Network Rail has worked with the council to put in place an appropriate ‘all vehicle’ diversion and all local access has been retained either side of the bridge to industrial units.

If you have any questions about this work you can contact Network Rail’s 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41. For the latest information and progress updates please follow on twitter @NetworkRailScot