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Bell Street Bridge Improvement Works, Glasgow

Bell Street Bridge Improvement Works, Glasgow

A £700,000 project to repair and repaint the bridge over Bell Street, Glasgow.

In October 2021, Network Rail will commence a programme of work to refurbish the bridge over Bell Street, Glasgow.

We’ll invest £700,000 on carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridge. It’s all designed to extend the lifespan of the bridge as part of our commitment to running a safe and reliable railway.

Project Timeline

  1. October 2021: Compound set-up work and scaffolding begins with road closure now in place.
  2. November 2021: Scaffolding complete and encapsulation installation begins. Grit blasting also begins later in the month.
  3. December 2021: Grit blasting ends. Trackside mechanical preparation work and painting is completed.
  4. January 2022: Steelwork repairs begin and painting continues
  5. February and March 2022: Steelwork repairs and painting completed ahead of road re-opening on April 1.

Possible Disruptions

  • Compound set-up

    This will take place between 18 and 20 October 2021 from 07:00 - 17:00 and will be set-up on Bell Street and Molendinar Street.

    The work will include the installation of temporary offices and welfare facilities for staff; delivery of plant, materials, and equipment; installation of fencing and lighting.

  • Road closure

    The road under the bridge at Bell Street will be closed at all times from 18 October 2021 until 1 April 2022.

    A diversionary route will be in place during this time via Little Dovehill, Gallowgate, High Street and vice versa.

  • Scaffolding installation

    This will take place from 19 October until 14 November 2021 between 07:00 and 17:00.

    The work will include the use of hand and power tools.

  • Installation of encapsulation

    This will take place from 2 November until 24 November 2021 between 07:00 and 17:00.

    The work will include the setting-up of blasting equipment & final seal.

  • Street grit blasting works

    This will take place from 25 November until 17 December 2021 between 07:00 and 17:00.

    The work will include the use of blasting equipment powered by air fed compressors.

  • Trackside grit blasting works

    This will take place every Saturday to Sunday from 27 November until 11 December 2021 between 22:00 and 18:00.

    The work will include the use of blasting equipment powered by air fed compressors.

  • Steelwork repairs

    This will take place from 18 January 2022 until 7 February 2022.

    Dayshift work will take place between 07:00 and 17:00 every day. Nightshift work will take place between 22:00 and 18:00 on Saturdays into Sundays.

    The work will include the use of temporary lighting, generators, compressors, rivet busting and hand tools.

  • Painting

    This will take place from 13 December 2021 until 11 March 2022 between 07:00 and 17:00.

    This work will include the use of temporary lighting, generators, and equipment powered by air fed compressors.

  • Trackside mechanical preparation and painting of metallic elements

    This will take place from 13 December until 23 December 2021 between 07:00 and 17:00.

    The work will include the use of temporary lighting, generators abrasive wheel tools and small breakers.

Why?

The work is designed to protect and extend the lifespan of the bridge. It's part of a wider, rolling programme of maintenance aimed at keeping the network safe and reliable.

When complete, the works carried out will mean the bridge is stronger, meets current safety standards and will not require repainting for up to two decades.

What will change?

We’ll invest £700,000 on carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridge.

This will address the breakdown of general paintwork and other issues throughout the steel structure.

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