Wednesday 3 Jan 2007


Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Over £3 million is being invested by Network Rail and Fife Council to rebuild a bridge in Burntisland and reopen it to traffic. After four years of pedestrian-only access, the existing steel structure will be replaced by a concrete bridge that complies with the European Union's 40 tonne weight legislation. The new concrete bridge will be higher and wider than the previous steel construction and will also feature reinforced abutments at the base and higher parapets on top. After construction is complete, vegetation will be replanted around the site and it is anticipated that no major maintenance will be required for 25 years. David Simpson, Network Rail's Route Director for Scotland, said: “Network Rail's investment of £500 million in Scotland’s railways in the next twelve months will enable us to upgrade the Lammerlaws bridge. When the work is done, cars will be able to cross there again, and it will be possible to make improvements to the railway line below. This scheme could not be completed without the co-operation of Fife Council and we look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver this major local investment.” Councillor Jim Philp, Fife Council’s transport and environment spokesperson added; “The funding package put together by both parties represents a significant investment in Burntisland. I know the local community will welcome the restoration of the direct access to the Lammerlaws area and an end to the long diversion around the east dock. The proposals include an improved, wider access which will open up the Lammerlaws area to future development.”

Notes to editors

Work on Lammerlaws bridge will begin over the Christmas period and be completed by summer 2007 Pedestrian access across the railway will be diverted through the nearby railway underpass for the duration of the work and the current diversion for vehicles (via the east dock) will remain until construction is completed

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