Monday 31 Jul 2006
MP TOM HARRIS RE-OPENS TITWOOD ROAD BRIDGE ONE MONTH EARLY
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Notes to editorsThe Glasgow & South Western route, which passes through Crossmyloof Station at Titwood Road, was previously used by First Scotrail and freight services travelling between Kilmarnock and Glasgow. It will now also accommodate diesel-hauled tilting Pendolinos, which travel up the West Coast Main Line Titwood Road Bridge reconstruction was the final key element in upgrading the Glasgow & South Western route to enable passage of tilting Pendolino trains and provide a diversionary route between Carlisle and Glasgow. The total scheme involved demolishing and reconstructing 16 bridges, lowering 37 stretches of track to increase bridge clearance and 55 track realignments The Glasgow & South Western route clearance was carried out as part of Network Rail's West Coast Route Modernisation programme to enable Virgin's tilting pendolino trains to run between London and Glasgow at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, cutting the journey time to 4 hours 23 minutes Titwood Road Bridge was closed in August 2005 and road diversions were put in place by Glasgow City Council The bridge reconstruction is also part of Glasgow City Council’s ongoing bridge assessment and strengthening programme. There are 150 Council owned and 152 privately owned bridges which carry public roads in the city 500 workers put in 314,000 hours during the project which also involved constructing a temporary footbridge to maintain pedestrian access and a temporary service bridge to maintain public utilities including gas, water, telecommunications and electricity supplies As part of the Titwood Road Bridge renewal, the bridge at Nithsdale Road was opened up to three lanes from two and strengthened from 12 tonnes to 40 tonnes
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