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Edinburgh City Centre: Bridge improvement works

Edinburgh City Centre: Bridge improvement works

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

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

We’ll invest £1.7m on carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridges as part of our commitment to running a safe and reliable railway. We’ll also carry out a programme of steel strengthening on the structures to protect them for the long term.

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. 26 April: New Street road closure begins
  5. 19 August: All works complete and roads fully re-opened

Possible Disruptions

  • Monday 17 January until Monday 25 April 2022

    Lane closure in place at Calton Road (North Lane).

  • Monday 10 January until Monday 17 January 2022

    The following work will take place on dayshift (Monday to Friday) between 07:30 and 17:00.

    Compound set-up, which includes installation of temporary offices and welfare facilities for staff; delivery of plant, materials, and equipment; installation of fencing and lighting.

    The compound will be set up close to Abbey Lane.

  • Monday 17 January until Friday 11 February and Monday 25 April until Friday 20 May 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:

    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 14 February until Monday 7 March and Monday 23 May until Friday 17 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.

  • Tuesday 8 March until Sunday 10 April and Saturday 18 June until Thursday 7 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 21 March until Friday 15 April and Monday 20 June until Monday 18 July

    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.

  • Tuesday 26 April until Friday 19 August 2022

    Lane closure at Calton Road (South Lane) / 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’ll invest £1.7m on carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridges. We’ll also install carry out a programme of steel strengthening on the structures to protect them for the long term.

In order to carry out the project safely and efficiently, a lane closure will be in place at Calton Road, from 17 January until 19 August 2022. A road closure will then be put in place at New Street during the final phase of our project between 26 April and 19 August 2022.

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