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
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