Network Rail have announced they are set to begin major improvement work on Stirling’s Forth Viaduct starting in January 2022.
As part of the £2.7m investment work will be carried out to repair and re-paint the structure with a new walkway being installed.
Work will take place from 10th January until 22nd September 2022.
Drivers are being warned of possible delays as Lovers Walk which runs parallel to the river will be closed whilst the work takes place.
A diversion route will be in place via Forth Street, Shore Road, Forth Place, Goosecroft Road, Cowane Street and Union Street.
Pedestrians and cyclists will still have access through Lovers Walk whilst the work takes place.
In advance of the work beginning Network Rail has organised an online public information event on Tuesday 14th December.
The event will offer members of the public the chance to ask questions directly to members of the project team.
Network Rail spoke on how important the work is whilst also thanking the local community for their continued cooperation.
Allison Flanagan, Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail said: “We’re investing in improving the Forth Viaduct as part of our ongoing commitment to running a safe and reliable railway.
“We understand that a road closure and traffic management system is never ideal and can add time to journeys.
“[However] we need to have these measures in place to allow the project to be completed in the safest and most efficient way.
“When complete, the structure will be better protected against the elements for years to come and won’t need to be re-painted for up to two decades.
“We’d like to thank the community for their patience and understanding while we carry out these vital works.”
Places can be booked for the online public information event by visiting https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/forth-viaduct/events.