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NETWORK Rail Want Green Signal For Repairs To Historic Glasgow Footbridge

A HISTORIC railway footbridge on Glasgow’s Southside is in line for a makeover.

Network Rail has applied for permission to carry out alterations to the former Strathbungo Station footbridge over the Glasgow  to Barrhead and Kilmarnock railway line. The project includes removing vegetation from within three metres of the structure within the cutting on either side.

The structure crosses the tracks between Moray Place and Darnley Road, connecting Strathbungo and Pollokshields. It is a C-listed structure constructed in 1877 at the same time as the now-closed Strathbungo Station opened.

Network Rail stated: “”The footbridge is exhibiting widespread signs of corrosion and Network Rail proposes to carry out works to the structure’s deck and steps, lattice panels and bridge sub-structure to enhance the life of the structure. This includes re-painting of all exposed metallic surfaces.

“In recognition of the listing of the viaduct and its contribution to the setting of Strathbungo Conservation Area and East Pollokshields Conservation Area, a number of conservation techniques are to be employed on site.”

It continues: “The change to the listed structure would be sensitively managed using appropriate materials which would not adversely impact on the structure or its setting. The materials proposed and repair techniques are in recognition of the importance of the metalwork as an element of the listing and the need to ensure the long-term structural integrity of the bridge as a railway asset and public footway.”

“The repairs are localised and it is proposed to use matching materials and a paint scheme which reflects the existing colours and the
black fencing on approach to the bridge.”

The application for listed building consent is pending consideration by Glasgow planning officials.