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Forth Viaduct: Structural improvement works

Forth Viaduct: Structural improvement works

In 2022, Network Rail will commence a £2.7m programme of work to repair, repaint and install a permanent GRP walkway for the use of our maintenance and engineering staff on the bridge at the Forth Viaduct, Stirling.

In 2022, Network Rail will commence a programme of work to repair, repaint and install a permanent GRP walkway for our maintenance and engineering staff on the bridge at the Forth Viaduct, Stirling.

We’ll invest £2.7m on carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the bridge as part of our commitment to running a safe and reliable railway.

We’ll also install a permanent GRP walkway through the structure, while replacing the weep holes. In addition, we’ll replace all the bearings on the northern side of the bridge.

In order to carry out the project safely and efficiently, the Lovers Walk will be closed to vehicular traffic for the entire project.

Project Timeline

  1. Phase 1: Site set-up, piling and scaffolding begins, and Lovers Walk closes to traffic
  2. Phase 2: Piling and scaffolding continues, jacking of structure and metalworks completed, painting commences.
  3. Phase 3: Scaffolding and painting completed, site demobilisation begins, and Lovers Walk re-opens to traffic (September)

Why?

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

The work is all part of a multi-billion-pound investment to improve Scotland’s railway. Network Rail will spend more than £4bn in Scotland, and £42bn across Britain, to increase reliability and improve performance between 2019 and 2024.

What will change?

Network Rail is carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the structure.

When complete, the works carried out will mean the structure, featuring a new GRP walkway, will be stronger, will meet current safety standards and won’t require repainting for up to two decades.

What will change?

Neighbour updates

Neighbour Notification Forth Viaduct FINAL (pdf, 161KB)

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