Stonehaven-Montrose railway reopens after bridge repairs

The bridge, three miles north of Carmont, was closed on 15 January after masonry fell from the structure.

Completion of repair works on a damaged bridge between Stonehaven and Montrose in Scotland allowed the railway to reopen for passengers and freight on Monday 22 February 2021.

The bridge is located three miles north of Carmont and was built in the 1840s. It was closed on 15 January after masonry fell from the parapet on the southbound side of the structure.

Engineers from Network Rail and specialist contractors carried out full structural assessments of the bridge, completed parapet repairs and strengthend the structure.

These works included:

  • Installing additional concrete supports on the bridge deck to help retain and support the track and ballast;
  • Reconstructing the failed parapet wall;
  • Installing ties through the bridge to strengthen the overall structure;
  • Relaying new track and supporting ballast on the southbound side on the bridge.
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail.

Network Rail capital delivery director for Scotland Kris Kinnear said: “Our engineers have been working hard to complete these repairs and reopen the railway as quickly as possible for our customers.

“The rural location and height of the structure – coupled with the extreme weather conditions we have seen in recent weeks – made this a very challenging project for our team.

“We invest millions of pounds each year on our bridges and have also carried out extensive additional checks on the line between Stonehaven and Montrose ahead of reopening the line on Monday.”

The bridge was inspected in October 2020 and had also received a detailed examination in March 2018.

No significant deterioration in its structural condition was found during these inspections and investigations to establish the cause of the parapet’s failure are ongoing.

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