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.


We understand that you will have many questions about the improvement work we're doing at the Forth Viaduct 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 the Forth Viaduct?

    We are carrying out essential steelwork repair work before removing the old paint and rust and then priming and re-painting the structure as part of our commitment to running a safe and reliable railway.

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

  • When is this going to happen?

    Our project had been planned to take place from Monday 10 January to Friday 2 September 2022, however, due to delays outwith our control, this has now been postponed, with a start date to be confirmed in early 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 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's happening at Lovers Walk?

    We will be closing Lovers Walk to traffic for the duration of the works to allow us to set up our site compound, material laydown area and access from the South Bank.

    A diversion route will be in place via Forth Street, Shore Road, Forth Place, Goosecroft Road, Cowane Street and Union Street.

    Pedestrian access will remain in place via a slightly diverted footpath on Lovers Walk and there could be short, infrequent delays due to plant and vehicle movements.

  • What's happening at Causewayhead Road?

    A traffic management system will be in place on Causewayhead Road to allow for the unloading of plant and materials from large delivery wagons.

  • What's happening near Stirling Rugby Club?

    We’ll create a temporary access to the structure on the north bank through Stirling Rugby Club’s car park and Forthside Allotments’ car park. We will also access the railway from the Network Rail access point on Bridgehaugh Road.

  • 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.