Kerse Road Bridge to re-open
The Kerse Road Bridge in Stirling will re-open today, following months of disruption.
The £8 million project has seen the bridge totally demolished and then re-built.
It was to allow new electric lines to be installed above the railway line, which runs underneath.
From 2pm on Friday, it will be open two-way to all traffic without restrictions. The temporary pedestrian footbridge will remain in place until the New Year.
Councillor Jim Thomson, Convener of the Environment and Housing committee said: “I know today’s news will come as a huge relief for businesses, traders and residents as Kerse Road re-opens for traffic ahead of schedule.
“It is fitting that Mary, someone that has lived nearly all her life in Stirling over the past 100 years, will be the first person across the bridge.
“I am delighted that Stirling is back fully open for business, just the as the Christmas rush approaches.
“This essential work has caused inconvenience and has been tough for business and residents, particularly in the vicinity, and I would like to thank them all for their patience.
“The Council did all in its power to mitigate the disruption, principally negotiating with Network Rail to have the period of the road closures reduced from 12 months to six.
“Along with working closely with Network Rail to raise awareness, our carefully planned traffic management has allowed the city to continue to be a must-visit destination, hosting major events such as the Runrig concerts.
“In addition, the electrification of the track will offer quicker journey times, making the city more accessible, which can only be good news for the area.”