Friday, 2 August 2013

Concern over cracks on rail bridge

Ardrossan Independent councillor John Hunter has raised concerns over the condition of a bridge spanning the main Glasgow-Largs railway line.

The parapet of the bridge, which carries traffic over the railway line at South Beach Road in Ardrossan, adjacent to South Beach Station, is showing signs of cracking at various points, with concerns also being expressed over the possible impact this could have on the carriageway and pavements.

In addition to hourly trains running between Glasgow and Largs, the busy West Coast line also separately serves Adrossan Town Station and the Arran ferry at Ardrossan Harbour. Services on these routes are amongst the busiest operated by Scotrail.

Major repairs have been carried out to the South Beach railway-bridge in the past, but in recent years, maintenance seems to have been restricted to a reactive basis. With signs of wear-and-tear now clearly visible, Cllr Hunter told the3towns he will request that relevant authorities carry out a thorough inspection as a matter of urgency.

John Hunter said, “I have contacted the Council’s Roads department regarding the state of the stonework on the parapet of the bridge and also the possible impact cracks could have on the surface of the road and pavements.

“I have asked that officials from the Roads department carry out an investigation and also contact Network Rail as I believe they may be responsible for the structural integrity of the bridge.”

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