3 months for bridge closure causes chaos

Bridge closure causes traffic chaos
Bridge closure causes traffic chaos

The closure of a rail bridge in Barrhead for a three-month long renovation programme is causing traffic chaos.

The £1m upgrade works being carried out by Network Rail is to strengthen and repair the Paisley Road Bridge at Barrhead Railway Station.

This rail bridge crosses over Paisley Road from Cross Arthurlie Street and Graham Street .

To facilitate these necessary works the B771 Paisley Road, Barrhead was closed to all vehicles from February 1 until completion of the works. Pedestrian access is unaffected during the upgrade.

A spokesman for East Ren Council said: “These works are crucial to ensure the continued provision of a safe and reliable rail service through Barrhead. The steelwork on the bridge is beginning to degrade and needs to undergo vital renovations.

“The safest, most effective and quickest way to deliver this improvement is through closing the road. Two key factors have influenced the decision to close the road under the bridge.

“Firstly the width under the bridge is too narrow to enable the works to be carried out safely whilst keeping one lane open.

“Secondly, it became apparent that that if the work was only carried out at night it would cause significant noise inconvenience and disruption.

We have listened to the views and have worked with Network Rail to plan this work during the day to minimise the noise impact on residents as far as possible.

More info on road diversions available at: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/road-closures-diversions