Thursday 24 Aug 2017
Murieston Road, Livingston to close for vital bridge refurbishment
Murieston Road in Livingston will close for 12 weeks from September 4 while Network Rail engineers carry out work to repair and strengthen the railway bridge over the road.
The refurbishment of the bridge is part of a wider, rolling programme of maintenance work on our structures which is designed to extend their lifespan and keep our network safe and reliable.
Work on the bridge, near Livingston South station, includes strengthening the girders supporting the bridge deck, blast cleaning and repairing the metalwork, applying corrosion protection to steel-work, painting the 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. Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained throughout the road closure.
Billy McKay, Network Rail programme manager, said: “We know that Murieston Road is an important route for local traffic and we do not take the decision to request its closure lightly.
“We understand the impact that this has for both road users and those next to the proposed diversion route. However, this is the most efficient and safest way to undertake the work required on the bridge.
“Delivering this project, which is part of our UK-wide railway upgrade plan, in just 12 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 West Lothian Council to put in place an appropriate diversion and all local access has been retained either side of the bridge.
If you have any questions about this work you can contact Network Rail’s 24 hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41. For latest information and progress updates follow on twitter @NetworkRailScot
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.