Wednesday 16 Aug 2017
Network Rail completes Mauchline railway bridge refurbishment
Work to repair and strengthen the two railway bridges over Ayr Road, Mauchline is now complete.
The project on the bridges was part of a wider programme of work on our structures which is needed every 25 years and designed to extend their lifespan and continue to ensure the safe operation of the railway infrastructure.
The refurbishment included steel strengthening, metal repairs, waterproofing and work on the bridge’s masonry as well as on the track and ballast running over the structure.
In addition to temporary traffic lights on Ayr Road, the project also used some overnight road closures to enable work to be delivered safely. The project also worked around the clock during the nine day shut-down of the railway line in July between Kilmarnock and Dumfries to ensure the scheme was delivered with the minimum disruption to both road and rail users.
Billy McKay, Network Rail programme manager, said: “Delivering this work on both of the bridges was a logistical challenge, but we planned the job carefully with our contractors Taziker and completed it with the minimum possible inconvenience to the local community.
“We appreciate that temporary traffic lights on the road were not ideal but this was the most efficient and safest way to undertake the work required on the bridges and we thank the local community for their patience as we delivered this important project.”
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 updates follow on twitter @NetworkRailScot
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