Eight Week Closure Planned for Redbridge Viaduct
Borders Railway linked improvements to the Redbridge viaduct over the River Tweed will result in an eight week closure of the popular footpath between Langlee and Tweedbank from 17 February.
The closure will allow the Borders Railway team to deliver a series of works on the landmark masonry structure. The bridge deck will be waterproofed and re-surfaced, utilities will be moved and masonry repairs will be carried out before it is re-opened in April. A footpath diversion via Galafoot Bridge will be in place for the duration of the works.
Work on the bridge will continue once the path reopens, with the walking route fenced off. Once the railway opens in autumn 2015, a footpath will be retained alongside the railway.
Hugh Wark, Network Rail Project Director for Borders Railway commented:
“We know that the Redbridge Viaduct link between Langlee and Tweedbank is an extremely popular walking and cycling route and we’ve done all we can to retain that access until now.
“The improvements we’re making to the bridge mean that this relatively short eight week closure is unavoidable – we apologise for the temporary inconvenience.
“The bridge itself is in excellent condition and the structural works required are minimal. Once complete, this grand old structure will form another iconic landmark on the Borders Railway route.”