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Kerse Road Bridge closes for six months

Drivers in Stirling are set for six months of disruption, as the Kerse Road Bridge closes.

It’s to allow new electric lines to be installed above the railway line which runs underneath.

The bridge will be demolished and is expected to be re-built by October.

Councillor Scott Farmer says the end result will be beneficial to the city:

“We have to look at the longer-term, we have to look at the benefits for Stirling. What we’ll be getting is a new three-term bridge – and this new bridge will have a lifespan of more than 130 years.

“We hope that through our concerted communications plan, through both Network Rail and Stirling Council’s communications department, we’ll have mitigated as much disruption as possible.

Cllr Bryan Flannagan commented, “It is very early days and we must ensure the daily traffic flows are monitored closely to keep disruption to a minimum.

“I would also urge everyone to keep using the businesses in the area, they will be facing a challenging six months and will need our support.”

Network Rail’s heading the project, as part of the electrification of Scotland’s railway lines.

Nick King from the organsisation says bringing down the bridge is their only option.

“We have to reconstruct some structures along the lines to create enough space underneath. One of the bridges we’re having to do this to is Kerse Road – the only way to do this is to knock down the bridge and re-build.

“The reason we’re doing this is because we can introduce longer, faster and greener trains on routes through Stirling – which result in quicker and cheaper services for passengers in the long-term.”

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