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Camps Viaduct improvement work

Camps Viaduct improvement work

A £6 million investment to improve Camps Viaduct.

A £6 million investment to improve Camps Viaduct rail bridge near Motherwell.

From March 2023 to April 2024, Network Rail and our supply chain partner Story begin work to refurbish Camps Viaduct.

Camps Viaduct is around 160 years old, towers 35m above the River Clyde between Ferniegair and Motherwell and serves passengers travelling between Glasgow and Motherwell.

The project will see our teams carrying out essential repairs to extend the lifespan of the structure as part of Network Rail’s commitment to running a safe and reliable railway.

We'll be removing the old paint and rust before carrying out vital metalwork repair work and then priming and re-painting the bridge.

Project Timeline

  1. 06 March – 07 April 2023: Compound set-up includes installation of temporary offices and welfare facilities for staff, delivery of plant, materials and equipment, installation of fencing and lighting.
  2. August 2023 - Scour protection work completed on the pillars of the structure. Pontoons removed from River Clyde.
  3. November 2023 - Expected completion of steelwork repairs to the structure
  4. Spring 2024 - Project completes, site demobilisation

Project Updates

  • We're on site

    Our teams have been on site, doing vital preparation work ahead of our £6 million project to strengthen the rail bridge.

    Camscaff laydown area prepared at Camps Viaduct
    Camscaff laydown area prepared.

    A laydown area has been prepared for our materials.

    You may have been some fencing being put up as we’ve created a pedestrian route to make sure everyone keeps safe.

    Pedestrian safe walk route complete with post and wire fencing installed
    Pedestrian safe walk route complete with post and wire fencing installed

    And we’ve started putting scaffolding up on span five of the 35m structure which towers above the River Clyde between Ferniegair and Motherwell, serving passengers travelling by train between Glasgow and Motherwell.

    Span 5 of Camps Viaduct scaffold erection underway
    Span 5 scaffold erection underway
  • Scaling the scoffold

    Our scaffold continues to grow along this tremendous structure.


    Our contractors, Camscaff, have already used 96 tonnes of scaffolding, 9000 fittings, 750m of alloy beams and 500m of boards.

    Far below the railway, underwater at the bottom of the structure, we’ve begun repairing masonry on three of the piers. 🤿👷

    Masonry repair on the piers at Camps

    Before we begin strengthening and repainting work, we’re grit blasting it to remove old paintwork. This’ll continue overnight at the weekends. Live nearby? We’ve written to you to share more info, including our working hours.

    Steel repairs at Camps Viaduct
  • A visit to site

    Christina and Steven took some time out to provide an update.

    Here they are talking about the progress so far, and the next stages of work.

    People living near the structure should receive a letter soon, highlighting shift times and activities planned for the coming weeks as work progresses from the Hamilton side of the structure, over to Motherwell.

  • September progress update

    If you live near or have passed the viaduct, you may have seen we've begun erecting scaffolding on span 1 of the viaduct, as work progresses towards the Motherwell side of the structure.

    Camps Viaduct - week 24 - scaffold erected on Span 1
    Camps Viaduct - week 24 - scaffold erected on Span 1

    Here is some of the work you won't have been able to see - starting with the installation of Cordex sheets to seal and protect Span 2 deck floor.

    Camps Viaduct - Week 24 - Installation of Cordex sheets to seal and protect span 2

    Stripe coating to Span 8 main girder steel structure. This is done in preparation for mid-coat application.

    Camp Viaduct - Week 24 - Span 8 stripe coat

    Once that's complete, the steel will have top coat applied, just like what we've already carried out on Span 11.

    Camps Viaduct - Week 24 - Top coat application to Span 11
  • Scotland's Railway attend Motherwell Community Board meeting

    The project team working on Camps Viaduct accepted an invitation to attend the Motherwell Community Board in September.

    These meetings are usually attended by local Police, NHS, Fire Service, Voluntary action NL, and representatives of community groups such as Community councils, Befriending groups, various action groups.

    This month's took place at the Motherwell Community fire station and Christina and Owen from Network Rail and Steven from STORY had the opportunity to give a presentation, providing an overview of the project itself and work so far.

    This was a great chance to shed more light on the steps involved in taking the old paint off before being able to strengthen and repaint.
    The team explained this work is all designed to protect and extend the lifespan of the bridge and that, while the nature of the work can generate noise, we do all we can to mitigate the noise. This is important as the work is progressing towards the Motherwell side of the viaduct.

    Thanks very much to the board for having us and for their questions. We hope you all found it useful.

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’re investing £6 million 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 structure.