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A96 KEITH-DUFFTOWN RAILBRIDGE

From : 26th September 2018

To : 22nd March 2019

Posted : 19th September 2018

Major £1.1M investment for A96 Keith-Dufftown Rail Bridge Refurbishment

Project will ensure bridge, which carries A96 across railway, continues to function safely

Improvements to take place in two phases with phase one starting end of September

 

A major £1.1M maintenance project for the A96 Keith Dufftown Rail Bridge which carries the trunk road across the heritage railway line is expected to get underway later this month.

The project will involve replacing the existing parapets on the bridge, as well as structural strengthening of the edge beams, verges and abutments of the structure.  This will help ensure that the bridge remains in a safe working condition for years to come.

As the maintenance work involves working beneath the bridge deck, the project has been planned to take place outwith the operating months of the popular Keith-Dufftown ‘Whisky Line’ heritage railway to ensure disruption to the train timetable is avoided.

The project is being programmed across two phases to ensure it can be done with the least amount of disruption to the heritage line as well as to road users.  The first phase will begin on Wednesday 26 September and is expected to last until Friday 21 December, with the second phase beginning again on Monday 14 January and continuing until Friday 22 March.  This phasing of the project ensures that the heritage railway can return to its usual festive service in December and January with no impact from the maintenance project, as well as ensuring there is minimal disruption on the A96 for road users during the festive season.

The A96 will remain open throughout the project, however to keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe during the improvements, a temporary safety barrier will be erected, and temporary traffic lights will be in use continuously throughout the project.  

Consultation has been carried out with all relevant stakeholders, including local residents, hauliers, local businesses and the local authority to inform them of the project in advance.

Commenting on the project, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “The £1.1M maintenance project for the Keith-Dufftown Railway Bridge will ensure the A96 continues to function safely as it crosses over the heritage railway line for years to come.

“As our engineers need access underneath the bridge deck, we’ve programmed the work to take place around the busy heritage timetable which operates during the summer months and the festive period only, meaning minimal disruption to the rail line.  

“To keep everyone safe during the project temporary traffic lights are required on the bridge continuously, however our teams will do all they can to minimise any impact by manually operating the lights during peak times if required.

“We’ll work to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible, and we encourage all road users to leave some extra time to complete their journeys and plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey times.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.  

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