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Edinburgh City Centre Bridge Works Complete

Edinburgh City Centre Bridge Works Complete

In January 2022, Network Rail commenced a £1.9m programme of work to repair, repaint and strengthen the bridges at Calton Road and New Street, Edinburgh.

In January 2022, Network Rail commenced a £1.9m programme of work to repair, repaint and strengthen the bridges at Calton Road and New Street, Edinburgh.

With both structures over 120-years old, the bridge improvements are part of a wider, rolling programme designed to keep the railway safe and reliable for passengers and freight customers.

Over the course of the project grit blasting eliminated old paint and rust before engineers installed over 24 tonnes of new steelwork to the deck and external parapets to strengthen the structure.

A three-coat paint system was then applied to the new and existing steelwork before a new collision protection beam was installed at the New Street bridge.

More than 8500 hours were worked to complete the grit blasting and painting operations alone, with around 130 tonnes of grit and 2,220 litres of paint used.

By completing this work, we've significantly extended the lifespan of the bridges, as work on this scale won’t be required for at least another 25-years.

Project Timeline

  1. 10 January: Compound set-up
  2. 17 January: Lane closure begins on Calton Road. Phase 1 works including scaffolding, grit blasting, steelwork repairs and painting begins.
  3. 25 February: Phase 2 works including scaffolding, grit blasting, steelwork repairs and painting begins.
  4. 09 May: New Street road closure begins for final phase of work.
  5. 28 October: All works complete and New Street is fully re-opened

Possible Disruptions

  • Monday 09 May until Friday 27 May.

    The following work will take place Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 17:00, and then on Saturdays between 07:30 and 17:00:

    Installation of scaffolding and encapsulation which includes the use of hand and small power tools, as well as the setting-up of blasting equipment and final seal.

  • Monday 06 June May until Tuesday 28 June 2022

    The following work will take place Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 17:00, and then on Saturdays between 07:30 and 17:00:

    Grit blasting works which includes the use of blasting equipment powered by air fed compressors.

  • Saturday 25 June until Saturday 30 July 2022

    The following works will take place from Saturdays to Thursdays between 22:00 and 07:00:

    Steelwork repairs which include the use of temporary lighting, generators, compressors, rivet busting and hand tools.

  • Monday 01 August until Friday 19 August

    The following work will take place Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 17:00, and then on Saturdays between 07:30 and 17:00:

    Painting, which includes the use of temporary lighting, generators, and equipment powered by air fed compressors.

  • Monday 22 August until Thursday 22 September

    The following work will take place Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 17:00, and then on Saturdays between 07:30 and 17:00:

    Removal of scaffolding and encapsulation, which involves the use of small power tools.


  • Monday 09 May until Friday 28 October 2022

    Road closure on New Street.

Why?

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

What will change?

We’ve invested £1.9m to carryout out essential steelwork repairs before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridges. We’re also undertaking a programme of steel strengthening on the structures to protect them for the long term.

In order to deliver the project safely and efficiently, a road closure is in place at New Street between 09 May and 28 October 2022.

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