Road re-opens as bridge is rebuilt

090713  New bridge on B8046 road near philpstoun.
090713 New bridge on B8046 road near philpstoun.

Works to construct a new bridge over the Glasgow to 
Edinburgh rail line near Philpstoun is now complete.

The bridge, which was closed for almost six months, was constructed at a cost of 
almost £900,000 and re-opened last Friday.

The work was part of the ‘advanced works’ ahead of the electrification of the line as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “The rebuilt bridge is essentially a like for like replacement of the previous structure – with slightly higher parapets to deliver the required height ‘clearance’ to run the overhead electric wires through safely below.”

A road closure on the B8046, between Threemiletown and Old Philpstoun was essential, but the spokesman said: “Network Rail worked proactively with West Lothian Council to plan diversionary routes and so disruption for road users and bus companies was minimised.

“We are also obliged by our regulator to work whenever possible at times that cause least impact to train services – at night mainly – and so there was no disruption to train services during the work.”

A council spokesman added: “This has been a major project for Network Rail and users of this road will be very happy to see it re-open after such a length of time.

“We worked closely with Network Rail to try and minimise the disruption to 
motorists. Clearly the works were part of an essential 
programme of upgrades to an important route and 
we would like to thank members of the public for their patience whilst the road was closed.”

The work was delivered by BamNuttal, who have been responsible for all of network Rail’s EGIP bridge clearance programme ahead of electrification, which is scheduled to be delivered on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line by the end of 2016.