Network Rail has officially marked the completion of a £4.7m enhancement project that has refurbished the Clyde Viaduct between Rutherglen and Dalmarnock.
This vital project has been ongoing for the past year, seeing engineering teams work tirelessly to achieve new track installation, accompanied by a waterproofing system to enhance safety, steel strengthening works accompanying the repair and repainting of the structure which carries services between Glasgow and Lanark, Larkhall and Motherwell.
The structure itself represents a major piece of rail heritage for the surrounding area, having successfully served the local community since its construction in 1897 and the subsequent widening works that were delivered in 1923.
These vital improvements to the century-old structure have futureproofed the structure as part of the ongoing programme of refurbishment and renewals from Network Rail, with the ambitions to improve the safety and reliability of Scotland’s Railway.
Suzanne McKay, scheme project manager, said:
“This significant investment not only improves the look of the structure but will help to extend its lifespan as work on this scale won’t be required for at least another 25 years.
“Some of our work had to be carried out at night when trains were not running and we are very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience during this time.”
Throughout the project, an approximated 300m of track was renewed and 1100m2 of waterproofing was installed. Grit blasting was then used to remove any remnants of the old paint work and rust, thus allowing engineers to install more than 10 tonnes of new steelwork to the bridge deck and parapets, greatly strengthening the structure.
This major project saw over 12,000 hours of work completed, with a total of 225 tonnes of grit and more than 5,000 litres of paint used.
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