Bo’ness railway to close for months

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Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is to close temporarily in September to allow maintenance work to be carried out by BP.

From September 12, the popular tourist line will be closed to allow the oil company to work on a section of the Forties Pipeline System,

Following a routine inspection, some maintenance work was identified on a short section of the pipeline buried beneath the railway.

The FPS is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the North Sea oil and gas industry, transporting more than

40 per cent of UK oil production.

A schedule to ensure safe operations and minimal disruption to visitors to the award-winning heritage railway has been agreed by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society and BP.

The work should be completed by the end of November and throughout this two month period the SRPS is looking at the possibility of running its steam and heritage diesel train services over a shortened route.

The museum and its visitor facilities will be open as usual.

SRPS chairman, Vic Michel, said: “We hope visitors will understand the need for this closure.”