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
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.