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.


We understand that you will have many questions about the improvement work we're doing at Calton Road and New Street and we have tried to answer them below.

If the answer to your query is not below, please use our contact form to share your question with the project team and they will come back to you.

  • What are you doing at Calton Road and New Street?

    We're investing £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 install carry out a programme of steel strengthening on the structures to protect them for the long term.

  • When is this going to happen?

    We set up our compound in January 2022, with the main works taking place from 17 January through to 28 October 2022.

  • Why does this work need to happen?

    The work is designed to protect and extend the lifespan of the structure, and is 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 bridges will be stronger, will meet current safety standards and won’t require repainting for up to two decades.

  • Are there any road closures or lane closures planned?

    Yes In order to carry out the project safely and efficiently, a lane closure was in place at Calton Road, from 17 January until 09 May 2022.

    A full road closure is currently in place at New Street during delivery of the final phase of our project, between 09 May and 28 October 2022.

  • Will there be an increase in noise levels while work is ongoing?

    While some noise from our works is unavoidable, we will do all we can to minimise noise impact, including using acoustic barrier and hand tools instead of power tools where possible.

  • How can I keep up to date on the latest developments in the project?

    You can keep track of what's happening on the project by visiting this website regularly.