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Lamington Viaduct reopens two weeks ahead of schedule

22 February 2016

Train services resumed running over Lamington Viaduct today (Monday 22 February), following repair work to the structure, which was damaged by flooding on New Year's Eve. 


The first passenger train over the viaduct was the north-bound Caledonian sleeper service from London to Inverness at around 3:00 this morning.

Works to repair and reopen the viaduct, on the West Coast Main Line, have finished two weeks ahead of the March reopening date that was previously announced. This follows an intensive seven-week engineering project to save the structure from collapse.

The Victorian-built viaduct had been severely weakened by flood damage and left close to falling into the River Clyde.

The viaduct’s second pier was left on the brink of failure when floodwater scoured out much of its foundations.

Engineers had to work round-the-clock to divert the River Clyde and stabilise the structure.

The incident also damaged the second pier’s steel bearings, which support the bridge-deck and track above the pier, a non-load-bearing section of the viaduct’s third pier and the structure’s north abutment.

Last weekend, engineers installed new steel bearings on the viaduct’s damaged second pier and constructed a new concrete plinth on the top of the pier to support them.

Engineers took advantage of a break in the weather conditions and the earlier than expected arrival of the new, custom-made bearings to accelerate the recovery programme.

This project has been a hugely challenging one, involving working out in the Clyde through the worst of January's storms in a race against time to save the structure.

Our engineers have faced atrocious conditions throughout this project and I am really proud of their hard work and their absolute commitment to getting the line open again.

I really do want to thank customers for their patience, and our industry partners for the close cooperation shown over the last two months. By working together we have been able to help limit disruption for passengers by providing diversionary routes for many of the affected services.

Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance