Work progressing well on Glasgow viaduct refurbishment

The first phase of a £2.5m investment to improve three railway bridges in Glasgow’s West End is complete

Engineers from Network Rail have cleaned, repaired and repainted the bridge over Ferry Road, in the Yorkhill area of the city, over the last three months.

Old paint was grit-blasted from the steel structure so that its condition could be examined in detail followed by repairs on the metal and stonework.

It was then repainted and further work will now be carried out to the two adjoining bridges, including the structure carrying the railway over the River Kelvin – the busiest section of railway in Scotland.

While there will be secure fencing around the work site, access along National Cycle Route 75 and the walking route to the Riverside Museum will be maintained.

Amanda Naughton, Network Rail’s project manager for the viaduct work said: “We’re really pleased to have completed the work on the Ferry Road bridge. Importantly, this was finished on time and our contractors can now move to the next stage of the refurbishment.

“Repairing and repainting these bridges will extend their lifespan and help us to continue to run a safe and reliable railway over one of the busiest and most visible sections of track in Scotland.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding from those living nearby while we carry out this important work.”

The bridges, visible from the Clydeside Expressway, are around 120 years old and carry trains on both the Argyle and North Clyde Lines to and from Partick station. This section of railway sees around 28 trains per hour at peak time, making it one of the busiest in Scotland.



Anyone with questions about the work can contact Network Rail’s national helpline on 03457 11 41 41

The three bridges are being refurbished together, with a total investment of £2.5m, as part of an ongoing structural modernisation programme to protect and improve the rail network. The individual cost breakdown for each structure is (approx.):

  • Ferry Road underbridge: £445,000
  • Yorkhill Viaduct: £709,000
  • Kelvin Viaduct: £1,300,000