Network Rail to open £8m Stirling railway bridge early to all traffic: 2 OCt Kerse Rd Aerial

Monday 15 Oct 2018

Network Rail to open £8m Stirling railway bridge early to all traffic

Region & Route:

Following on from the recent announcement that Kerse Road in Stirling will re-open to traffic on Friday 19 October – a week earlier than anticipated, we can now confirm that the bridge will open to all traffic without restrictions.

The A905 Kerse Road has been closed since April while engineers demolished and replaced the road bridge over the railway to the south of Stirling station. It was set to open with lane restrictions limiting access for larger vehicles, however early completion of the reinstatement of utilities over the bridge has enable these to be lifted.

The new £8m structure has delivered a significant increase in the width of the carriageway offering the potential for the council to add a third lane in the future to meet Stirling’s growing traffic demand - in line with the city’s transport strategy.

The investment by Network Rail, is part of a wider Scottish Government-funded programme of improvements on the Stirling line ahead of the electrification of the route this winter.

Iain McFarlane, Network Rail’s route delivery director, for the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa (SDA) electrification project said: “On the back of earlier than anticipated re-opening of the bridge, this is further good news for Stirling with traffic over the bridge not being restricted.

“The reconstructed bridge at Kerse Road enables the electrification of the rail lines through Stirling but also delivers a stronger and wider structure which will stand the city in good stead for many years to come. 

 “We thank everyone for their patience while we carried out this important work.”



Notes to Editors

Notes to editors

Kerse Road will re-open on Friday 19 October – one week ahead of schedule.

To enable the completion of work, some traffic management will be in place and a limited number of overnight road closures (detailed below) will be required.

The temporary pedestrian bridge will remain in place until January 2019

Kerse Road, Stirling



Times / Dates


Traffic Management

7pm Sat 12 - 12 noon Sunday 13 January


Full Road Closure

7pm Sat 19 - 12 noon Sunday 20 January


Full Road Closure

7pm Sat 9 - 12 noon Sunday 10 February


Full Road Closure

All Work complete February 2019



Kerse Road bridge in numbers

  • 63,000 staff hours worked
  • 88 x piles installed to depths of 29m
  • 165tns of concrete reinforcement
  • 4,400tns of concrete pours
  • 15,000tns of material excavated and removed from site
  • 6x utility services diverted and then reinstated including: Gas, telecoms, City Fibre, water & street lighting

Stirling Dunblane Alloa (SDA)

Over the 50km route Network Rail has installed 2000 overhead line structures supporting more than 300km of overhead line wire.

Wider Scotland route electrification

Since 2014 and on completion in March 2019, Network Rail will have electrified 325 km of Scotland's Central railway network:

                Edinburgh and Glasgow, (E&G)

Cumbernauld and Glasgow,

Holytown and Midcalder (Shotts line electrification)

Grangemouth through Falkirk and Stirling to Alloa and Dunblane.  (SDA)

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