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Edinburgh City Centre: Bridge improvement works

Edinburgh City Centre: Bridge improvement works

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

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

We've invested £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’re also carry out a programme of steel strengthening on the structures to protect them for the long term.

With work to the bridge at Calton Road recently completed, we started in early May 2022 at New Street bridge to carry out steel strengthening, grit blasting and steelwork repairs.

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 £1.7m 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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